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FSG Painters fined by IL. Department of Labor: Failure to pay prevailing wages on Clark County Park District job –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On July 22, 2017


We first reported on April 25, 2016, that the now-former Clark County Park District Director, Charity Murphy, had entered into a “painting agreement” with Farm Services Group (“FSG”) Painters, from West Terre Haute, Indiana, in which Murphy essentially “gifted” park district assets to Clifford Allison and FSG Painters. It was later changed with several different sets of information and we are still unsure as to any factual statements from the park district on the issue.

It went from being a gift to the district, to partial payment, to exchanges for services, etc…

Again, on May 4, 2016, we reported on the letter sent from FSG to Murphy complaining that “a few disgruntled individuals with nothing more than an axe to grind” had filed a complaint that FSG stated they “have no idea who initiated this frivolous claim for an investigation but it is doing nothing but taking away from the efforts of Mill Creek” –

Here are the results of the so-called “frivolous” investigation:

The Illinois Department of Labor determined:

  • certain employees were paid less than prevailing wages in the amount of $2,965.21
  • those wages must be disbursed within 10 calendar days of the date of their letter (June 13, 2017)
  • pay the IL-DOL a separate check for a 20% penalty for underpayments in the amount of $593.04
  • if underpayments are not made within 30 calendar days, then an additional 2% of the 20% penalty applies in the amount of $11.86.

Underpayments to individual workers are detailed in the below Illinois Department of Labor report.

“frivolous” investigation?  LOL!

FOIA Docs 17-090



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  • Philo Beddoe
    Posted at 13:03h, 26 July

    I guess that there are no paint contractors in Clark County? If I were involved in that trade I would be at the next meeting demanding why an RFP was not published and why no local contractors were considered. Sound to me like some west T trash finally got hauled off.

  • Cody Heer
    Posted at 10:17h, 23 December

    THe bigger question is how a broke state can obligate wages above minimum wage and how taxpayers making less than prevailing wages are obligated to pay those higher wages!?