KANKAKEE, IL. (ECWd) -
In their effort to defend the indefensible with the "legal" memorandum written by the Kankakee attorney assuring the public and Kankakee elected officials that they were not violating the law, and even spoke on the subject during a public meeting, people sent us Statements of Economic Interest of Kankakee Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong.
She verified her alleged false statement under penalties of the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act, which describe willful violations as a crime involving a Class A Misdemeanor:
Any person required to file a statement of economic interests under this Article who willfully files a false or incomplete statement shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor
Item #6 of the SEI:
"List the name of any entity doing business with a unit of local government in relation to which the person required is to file, from which income in excess of $1,200 was derived during the preceding calendar year other than for professional services and the title and description of any position held in that entity."
Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong failed to list the KRMA, which paid her more than $1,200 in the preceding calendar year. We believe the existence of an Intergovernmental Agreement constitutes "doing business with" the city of Kankakee.
Item #7 of the SEI (we believe board members are "employed" for the purpose of the SEI but some think otherwise):
"List the name of any unit of local government that employed the person making the statement during the preceding calendar year, other than the unit or units of government in relation to which the person is required to file."
She failed to list the KRMA, to which she received $600 for every meeting she attended last year serving in that capacity.
Finally, Mayor Wells-Armstrong signed and verified her false or incomplete SEI:
"I declare that this Statement of Economic Interests (including any schedules and statements) has been examined by me and to the best of my knowledge and belief is a true, correct and complete statement of my economic interests as required by the Illinois governmental Ethics Act. I understand that the penalty for willfully fining a false or incomplete statement shall be a fine not to exceed $1,000, or imprisonment in a penal institution other than a penitentiary not to exceed on year, or both."