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February 21, 2024

Former Tri-State Fire Trustee Micheal Orrico Charged With Crime –

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On November 15, 2016

DuPage Co. (ECWd) –

Justice is slow in Illinois, but at least there does appear to be hope when it comes to holding public officials accountable, and this is a perfect example of how we can make a difference.

In August of 2015, I published this article, that clearly pointed out what we believed was a violation of the law by then Tri-State Fire Protection District Trustee Micheal Orrico.  Specifically, I reported Mr. Michael Orrico sells fire equipment for Fire Service, Inc. (Fire Service Inc, Screen shot).  What did he say about his employment in his Economic Disclosure Statement for his trustee position (page 55 of the pdf)? Not a word:”

What did we say was the consequence for nondisclosure?

(5 ILCS 420/4A-107) Any person required to file a statement of economic interests under this Article who willfully files a false or incomplete statement shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

We are proud to see that the Darien Police Department investigated this alleged crime and found the same thing that we reported!

September 13, 2016, an arrest warrant was issued for Micheal Orrico, 3510 Tyler Dr., Joliet, IL.

The charge:

Filing a False Statement of Economic Interest in violation of the following Illinois Compiled Statute 5 ILCS 420/4A-107

It’s encouraging to see enforcement of our laws against those alleged to have violated them.  Public Officials statewide should pay attention to this matter as we believe this is the FIRST time we have seen this particular law enforced and will hopefully be the beginning of holding violators accountable.

We have requested the mug shot for Orrico and will publish once received from the Darien Police Department.

You can see the numerous articles we published on the wrongdoing of now former public officials with the Tri-State Fire Protection District at this link.


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  • Warren J. Le Fever
    Posted at 11:20h, 15 November

    I’m glad to see law enforcement enforcing the law.

  • rich
    Posted at 11:16h, 17 November

    So what does this mean for DuPage County Board Member Donald Puchalski?

    He did not disclose on his county statement of economic interest that he was the public guardian and public administrator, nor how much $ he made from the positions. He also did not disclose on Illinois statements of economic interest that he was a county board member and how much $ he made.