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Illinois Prisoner Review Board Member filed false Statement of Economic Interest –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On December 15, 2017


The newest Governor Rauner appointee to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board (“PRB”) has filed a false Statement of Economic Interest.

John Wayne Clough, hailing from Coles County, was appointed to the PRB on March 30, 2017.

He was a long-time employee and Deputy of the Coles County Sherriff’s Department until he retired on March 10, 2017.

See his retirement notification to the Sherriff dated March 14, 2017 (here).

Prior to his actual appointment to the PRB, he was required to submit a Statement of Economic Interest. His SEI is date-stamped by Illinois on March 10, 2017, and signed by him on March 2, 2017 (8 days prior to his retirement). Read it below (or here).

He failed to report his employment under Paragraph 7 which requires he list the name of every unit of government who employed him in the previous calendar year.

He indicated “NA” instead of telling the truth and reporting his employment with Coles County. Then he signed his name indicating it was true and correct and subject to the penalty of $1000 fine and a year in a penal institution, or both.

How can he sit in judgment of others when he cannot truthfully fill out his statement of economic interest?

John Clough is currently the Coles County GOP Chairman and is running for Precinct Committeeman in the 2018 election.


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1 Comment
  • Robert O. Bogue
    Posted at 08:09h, 16 December Reply

    If Mr. John Wayne Clough can’t read a simple State of Illinois form, then you would be correct. How can we, the tax payers, expect him to review prisoners files, charges, sentences, prison records and to provide a fair review of a parolee’s case if he can’t read? How would his demonstrated inability to read and his lies in filling out a simple form….contribute to justice in Illinois? Not at all.

    And where is Governor Rauner on this issue? Does he find miss-representing the facts in this case just as insignificant and innocuous he has in other situations?
    After all, Governor Rauner hasn’t dismissed the Secretary of Transportation, Randy Blankenhorn, the Illinois Division of Aeronautics, Martin, the Director of Intermodal Projects Beth McCluskey or Chief Counsel Michael Prater for claiming, claiming, they followed the intent of Illinois Law…..when they clearly did not. Another cover up….is this not corruption?
    If Governor Rauner can’t read Illinois Law any better than his recently appointed appointee…. why then, even have an over paid, expensive, parole board? Illinois voters need to make some changes……and vote for better government.

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