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John Protz, Lerna Clerk, Lied on Statement of Economic Interest –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On October 13, 2015

Lerna, IL. (ECWd) –
Some of you may have read our recent articles on the Village of Lerna (here).
We are still sorting out some of the details, but we do know when public officials refuse to stop their lawbreaking, there is more to the story.
I had wondered why certain Lerna officials were strongly defending their Village President, Don Pearcy, and his illegal actions.
It is because they are guilty of the very same violations of law that Pearcy is violating.
Lying on a Statement of Economic Interest is a criminal offense – nothing can make me believe these people did not understand what they were signing. A fifth grader could understand this paperwork.
John Protz, the elected Village Clerk, who is also working in a hourly position in the Clerk’s office (better known as conflict of interest) failed to disclose this fact in item number 6 on his Statement of Economic Interest.
He signed his name to a fraudulent document attesting to its accuracy. How can he be trusted with anything else?
He lied. He needs prosecuted.
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John Protz – Lied on Statement of Economic Interest.



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  • Dave
    Posted at 14:39h, 13 October

    That active denial stuff only works for the DC democrats

  • Philo Beddoe
    Posted at 14:42h, 13 October

    There is a technical term for this. “Lying”

  • Village Resident
    Posted at 07:53h, 14 October

    Just read item 6 and I dont think a 5th grader could understand that. Also I thought the hourly pay was part of the job description. He is not working 2 positions as our Mayor is. John is getting paid for the job he was elected for and only that job. Aren’t all village clerks paid for their time? I can also tell you that the ladies up there at the courthouse will not explain anything. I don’t care if you are trying to do something in small claims, election office or anywhere else, they just play dumb.

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 08:00h, 14 October

      He is working two positions. His salary must be set by the city council at least 180 days prior to the election. That is all he can receive. An hourly wage is not a salary. Additionally, a salary cannot increase or decrease during a term of office – which is why it must be salaried and set prior to the election. An hourly wage can increase or decrease from week to week. What is happening is a violation of law.
      If he cannot read item number 6 and come to the conclusion that he must write down that he works for the village, then he has no business in any elected position.
      The “ladies at the courthouse” are not allowed to explain how to fill this form out. That is not their job. It’s not that they play dumb, they play smart – if they gave wrong advice they could get sued for giving the wrong advice.