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Wesley Township Trustee Kathy Kennedy’s actions bordering on intimidation –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On August 12, 2018

WESLEY Twp., IL. (ECWd) –

Over this past weekend, and since we had written about how Wesley Township is charging certain fees for the public to use its Township Park (in violation of the Township Code), one Wesley Township Trustee has been abusing her position by disseminating information, that in our opinion borders on criminal intimidation.

While extorting fees from park users, Trustee Kathy Kennedy decided it was a good idea to pass out a note to those at the park telling them to call her if they spotted the “Township Park Harassers” in the park and she would in return call the Sheriff’s Department.

This note is to the left, and we redacted the personal information before posting it.

This note included names, types of vehicles and descriptions, license plate numbers of those vehicles, and the street they live on. These two individuals have done nothing but exercise their right to public records and public meetings, and exercise their right to question their local government. For that, they are labeled as harassers by a township official.

This type of action taken by an elected township trustee acting under color of law as the alleged official fee collector for the township, is, in our opinion, intimidation by a public official.

We won’t get into the weeds very far on this one, but the Illinois Criminal Code discusses intimidation in Section 12-6, and describes what their definition of intimidation is, and even places a special carve-out for public officials who misbehave in subparagraph (a)(7) Section 12-6. Penalties are spelled out in subparagraph (b) of Section 12-6.

This special carve-out states that intimidation is when someone “takes action as a public official against anyone for anything, or withhold official action, or cause such action or withholding. Subparagraph (a)(5) would probably apply also.

For the abusive actions taken by Wesley Township Trustee Kathy Kennedy over this past weekend, we demand she resign her position as trustee and issue a public apology to the two individuals who were named in the note she passed out to park renters.

We ask the Township Board to immediately expressly prohibit such activity in the future and to issue an apology for Trustee Kennedy’s actions and for appointing her as the rent collector for a park that is supposed to be for the “free” use of the public.

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  • Wesley Watcher
    Posted at 22:44h, 12 August

    Another of Wesley Township leadership’s not so fine moments! Oh, the lengths they will go to trying to cover up their misdeeds!

  • ang
    Posted at 07:02h, 13 August

    Criminal “intimidation” huh? Someone send that code to the Village of LaGrange Park, IL please!
    In my opinion, they are bordering on this, too.

  • ang
    Posted at 07:35h, 13 August

    Um, just to add…is this the same Kathy Kennedy?

    I think Illinois needs an ordinance protecting civilians from possibly clinically paranoid government officials.

    Calling cops on a gathering after a public meeting? As if any reasonable person wouldn’t infer that people are just chit chatting with their neighbors about local government affairs after a meeting? Duh.

    And giving out license plate info of cars owned by civilians engaged in the right to protest government actions?

    Do report on it when (not if) this lunatic finally resigns.

  • Pete Malloy
    Posted at 20:21h, 16 August

    Good one. You guys are spot-on re ILCS: Intimidation. Another rube who somehow got elected.