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Democrats cause Township employees to not get paid –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On June 7, 2017


The Shelbyville Township board of trustees held its regular meeting on Monday evening, June 5, 2017. During the meeting they went into executive session to discuss an appointment to the vacant seat of Township Supervisor. It was vacant because former supervisor Steve Shoaf (D), who ran for election and won the seat at the ballot, resigned his current term, and resigned from his newly elected term, prior to taking office.

This vacancy resulted in the township legally unable to pay any bills, pay any general assistance, and pay any payroll.

Jim Miller

Jim Miller (D), second vice-chairman of the Shelby County Democrats, was one of the applicants for the vacancy.

The township trustees adjourned their regular meeting and held an “Emergency Meeting” for 8:05 p.m. that same night.

During the emergency meeting, they voted and approved to appoint Jim Miller (D) as township supervisor.

Tuesday morning, June 6th, Jim Miller (D) called in and refused the appointment.

This move leaves all of the employees without paychecks, since the township supervisor is the only person with the statutory authority to write the paychecks, pay bills, and provide general assistance payments.

Jim Miller (D) failed the township, the needy persons of the township, and the employees of the township by verbally requesting the appointment at an open meeting, submitting a resume’ for the position, and then summarily rejecting it after the township board voted in favor of his appointment.

Steve Shoaf

Steve Shoaf (D), former township supervisor failed his employees, the residents and voters, and needy persons of Shelbyville Township by resigning prior to his term ending, and resigning from his newly elected term prior to taking office. Him, of all people, should have known the importance of his duties and how his resignation effects the livelihood of all employees of Shelbyville Township.

The newly elected trustees have their hands tied by the legislature and could not write checks even if they wanted to.

Illinois State Representative Brad Halbrook (R) is working on language for a Bill to amend the Township Code to provide for a line-of-secession in the event of a resignation or death of a township supervisor. This Bill would hopefully allow the appointment of a temporary township supervisor until a replacement can be named.





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  • John pogue
    Posted at 18:44h, 07 June

    What happens now? Should have run someone against the previous supervisor. ??????

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 18:45h, 07 June

      They continue to seek a Democrat to fill the seat. If they cant find one in 60 days from the date of vacancy, they can appoint anyone.

      • Jeff
        Posted at 12:13h, 16 June

        To bad you guys only publish what you want an not the truth !!

        • jmkraft
          Posted at 12:19h, 16 June

          What was not true in this article?

          • Jeff
            Posted at 14:47h, 16 June

            The new trustees got rid of jim miller on 5-15-17 they could have appointed
            Him supervisor then on june 5th tried to hire him back at meeting. You people were not there so this is second hand info. Brad hallbrook told an employee to go get a 60 loan at the bank ? And someone trying to make an hero out of him to pass a bill!! All BS

          • jmkraft
            Posted at 14:54h, 16 June

            The new trustees did not get rid of Miller on 5-15-2017, state law got rid of him as that was the end of his appointed term.
            He submitted his resume for that job and was considered, voted, and vote passed to appoint him at the June 5th meeting, he refused to take the appointment even though he had applied for the position.
            The employee should know where to get the loan, as current law prohibits signing of checks without a supervisor.
            The Bill needs passed so this will never happen again – should I have used another name from someone who is not the bill’s sponsor?

  • Jeff
    Posted at 15:14h, 16 June

    If i gain from the bill sponsor i would use his name ?

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 15:16h, 16 June

      Who’s gaining anything and who’s name should we have used if not the name of the bill’s sponsor?