August 2016

SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) - Governor Rauner signed HB 5683, which amends the Open Meetings Act to allow anyone to file a lawsuit for violations of the Open Meetings Act within 60 days of the Attorney General deciding to resolve an alleged violation thru a means other...

LaSalle Co. (ECWd) - Documents received today confirm there will be a closed preliminary hearing August 31st, 2016 regarding the complaint filed.  Details of the complaint can be found in this article.  The purpose of the preliminary hearing is to determine if the complaint filed was...

Nepotism: "bestowal of official favors on one’s relatives" (Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th Edition). Nepotism is normally frowned upon within a public body and most public officials who truly care about protecting the taxpayers have anti-nepotism policies.  NIU's policy is as follows: "Faculty and administrative employees are selected...

DuPage Co., IL. (ECWd) - At today's DuPage County board meeting, I discussed board member compensation, and in particular, board member health insurance. Previously we had written about excessive compensation, FOIA request for compensation,  IMRF and Vehicle Allowances, DuPage County's initial refusal to provide health insurance participation payment...

CAHOKIA, IL. (ECWd) - The Village of Cahokia just two months ago changed its meeting dates/times to coincide with the Commonfields of Cahokia Water District meetings to keep citizens from attending both meetings. Since the Chairman of the Water District and the Mayor of Cahokia and father...

PARIS, IL. (ECWd) - During the Edgar County Board meeting this morning, we learned from Karl Farnham that Dale Barkley had submitted his resignation from the Edgar County Airport Advisory Committee. In other business, the Board approved purchasing of a new software package for use with assessments...

SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) - The Fourth Appellate Court provides audio of its Oral Arguments to the public at this link: here The Argument Date, Case Number, and Title are: 08/10/16 4-15-0963 Allen Kirk and Kraft v. Clark County Park District Board of Communications (should have been "Commissioners") We appealed this from...