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May 21, 2024

Edgar Co. Airport Meeting & Kesler's Resignation –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On October 14, 2015

Edgar Co., IL. (ECWd) –
The Edgar County Airport Advisory Board Meeting was held on Monday, October 12, 2015.
During this meeting, County Board Chairman Jeff Voigt appointed County Board Member Derrick Lorenzen to replace him on the Airport Advisory Board. This is due to Voigt being elected as Chairman of the Edgar County Board.
There was discussion on the upcoming TIPS meeting in Springfield scheduled for next Tuesday. A TIPS meeting is for the purpose of reviewing upcoming projects of the airport.
(Former) Airport Board Member Kesler suggested that the Advisory Board be increased by an additional 2 people. We understand, though other sources, that his intention was to somehow get Chris Patrick and Jimmy Wells onto the board. This suggestion of 2 additional members was supported by Heltsley, however, any recommendation could not be made as this item was not on the meeting agenda.
The following day, I made an inquiry into several statements made by Kesler and sent him the below email at 12:35 p.m. Tuesday. In the email I talked about his voter registration, homestead exemptions, and his Statement of Economic Interest (front)(back). I followed it up with a text message at 2:50 p.m. asking him to read his email – and at 3:11 p.m. he sent his resignation to Voigt, Scheiner, and J. Griffin.
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His response, in an email to me, was:

Good afternoon John,

As I alluded to last night at the meeting when discussing attendance at the TIP Meeting in Springfield next week, I made the statement that I would resign from the committee in order to attend as a member of the community. I made that resignation official as of today.

If you need anything further, let me know.


Although he has resigned, attendance of the TIP’s meeting is not an option for a member of the community as it is not a public meeting.  We have been assured only two members of the Airport Advisory Board and the Airport Manager will be attending.




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  • Rory Steidl
    Posted at 18:51h, 16 October

    Apparently, just because he could…what a POS.
    So, who’s dirty work was he doing?

  • Kirk Allen
    Posted at 19:19h, 16 October

    He is tied to Chris Patrick and none other than Mike H.