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April 12, 2024

Petition for Quo Warranto filed in Coles County –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On June 13, 2018

COLES Co., IL. (ECWd) –

Two Coles County residents, Rex Dukeman and Robb Perry, filed a Petition for Leave to File Quo Warranto Complaint.

This revolves around the authority, or alleged lack thereof, of the County of Coles and its Supervisor of Assessments Office and their “contracting” with an assessor, Mr. Bob Becker. We presume this Complaint would attack his work product also.

There are specific requirements to be met in order for a County Supervisor of Assessments to hire a deputy assessor and their is additional lack of statutory authority to contract for an assessor. These residents do not believe those requirements were met.

According to the Petition, earlier this year the Coles County State’s Attorney and the Illinois Attorney General were provided a Petition to File Quo Warranto, and both offices declined to prosecute. Under Illinois law, a resident may prosecute in the name of the State when both the State’s Attorney and Attorney General decline to prosecute a Quo Warranto case.

A “Writ of Quo Warranto” is a term used to require a person to show by what authority he or she exercises a public office, privileged, etc. Basically, it is a challenge to the office or position a person is exercising power or claim of authority.

Read the petition below or download a copy (here):

Quo Warranto Petition with Exhibits

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