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U.S. District Attorney announces Southern Illinois Public Corruption Task Force –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On April 10, 2017

(Pay attention Clark County…Effingham County…you are in this district)
Monday, April 10, 2017

Southern Illinois Public Corruption Task Force Introduces New Tipline

On Monday, April 10, 2017, Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, and Brendan F. Kelly, State’s Attorney for St. Clair County, Illinois, announce the introduction of the Southern Illinois Public Corruption Task Force Tip Line: 618-589-7353. There will also be a billboard campaign in connection with the Tip Line.

Anyone with information concerning public corruption occurring within the 38 counties that make up the Southern District of Illinois is encouraged to call the Tip Line. Agents from the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigations, and Illinois State Police will professionally and swiftly investigate any information provided. It is only by citizens alerting law enforcement to public corruption that law enforcement can continue to investigate and prosecute those officials who have betrayed their oaths and the public trust by choosing to make public service into self-service.

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St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said, “Over the past five years, we have greatly increased prosecution of public corruption. With trust in our public institutions at an all-time low, we must do everything we can to protect it from those who would violate it.”

U.S. Attorney Boyce said, “Concerned citizens are the government’s biggest asset when it comes to exposing people who are abusing the public’s trust and misusing taxpayer money to line their own pockets. This initiative is designed to solicit the public’s help in identifying and targeting public corruption.”


Updated April 10, 2017


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  • Jim
    Posted at 21:54h, 10 April

    Sure could this in north Central Illinois.Entire 911 board dismissed without a reason and without county board vote. Done to steal 911 funds to balance county budget. Small municipalities with $30,000 unaccounted for difference between billed and deposited funds and on and on

  • Mark Misiorowski
    Posted at 06:23h, 11 April

    An Excellent Initiative–I encourage Attorney General Sessions to expand the concept nationwide!!!

  • Madison Black
    Posted at 07:33h, 11 April

    Illinois needs all new US Attorneys that
    are fixed on rooting out corruption that a blind man could see. Appears non of the existing appointees care much about fraud and corruption that is pervasive in Illinois.

  • Robert O. Bogue
    Posted at 08:41h, 11 April

    Do you have a listing of these counties or can you direct residents to a listing of these 38 counties?
    I want to see if Edgar County is included….

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 09:17h, 11 April

      click on the pic in the article

  • J.E.
    Posted at 02:04h, 12 April

    Smells like an attempt at them trying to head you off at the pass. I could be wrong, but I’m really skeptical given that the DA of St. Clair County is specifically involved. From what I’ve been told, it’s probably one of the most corrupt counties in Illinois.