Most Illinoisans pay more in property taxes to fund local government than they do in state income tax. Are you curious to know more about how local governments in your area are spending your money? Do you think there is waste or fraud in your local governments? Do you want to learn the tools necessary for uncovering improper spending in your communities? Join Americans for Prosperity Foundation & the Edgar County Watchdogs in Collinsville on Saturday, October 24th and learn how to find out!
Using publicly-available information and the state's Open Meetings and Freedom of Information laws, you will learn how the Edgar County Watchdogs have made a huge difference in Illinois - and how you can, too! Our Citizen Watchdog Training is geared towards individuals who are curious to know where their money's going. Citizen Watchdogs have used their skills to expose waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption in their hometowns.
Over the last three years, more than 130 elected officials and bureaucrats have resigned or been removed because of the efforts of the Edgar County Watchdogs, two individuals from rural Edgar County (along the Indiana border south of Danville). These men merely seek to expose those who betray the public's confidence. In fact, their amateur sleuthing has triggered multiple local, state, and federal investigations. Their work has been published in variety of publications and journals (here).
This training will equip you to know where to look, what to look for, and what questions to ask. And you will meet others in your community who share a similar interest.
Location: Doubletree Hotel, Collinsville, IL - 8 a.m. till noon