Champaign Co. (ECWd) -
The County Clerk position is one of great importance and demands total trust as they not only handle all the paperwork for the County government, but they also control the election operations in the County.
Voting is one of our most sacred rights as a citizen of this country. Part of that election process is for those seeking our votes to be honest and fully disclose all mandatory matters so that the public is informed. One of those documents is the Statement of Economic Interest form. A document required under the State Ethics laws.
Is full disclosure on that form important?
Our Illinois Appellate Court believes it is, as do we.
The disclosures “are intended to avoid any conflict of interest between the government and its officers and employees and to instill in the public trust and confidence in its elected officials.” Crudup v. Sims, 292 Ill. App. 3d 1075, 1076 (1997).
Avoid any conflict of interest and instill in the public trust and confidence in its elected officials!
How do you avoid conflicts when you fail to disclose other government employment? How is public trust and confidence instilled when the candidate files false Statements on a routine basis?
Aaron Ammons appears to be unable to comprehend the most basic requirements of this particular form as he consistently has filed false and/or incomplete forms with the State and the County. We first exposed these failures in this article.
Further inquiry with the County has led us to this article, once again proving Ammons has filed false and/or incomplete SEI documents in his bid for your vote to be the Champaign County Clerk, as well as in the past in Champaign County.
Ammons' 2017 filing with his election papers failed to disclose his University of Illinois Employment under question number seven on the form.
Even more disturbing is his utter failure to disclose multiple matters as required in his 2016 filing as a City Council member. His 2016 filing with the county failed to disclose his involvement with the SEIU union as well as his employment with the University of Illinois.
We first exposed Ammons' line jumping pardon for his conviction as a heroin dealer in this article. We encourage everyone to read that article to see what appears to be a pattern with Ammons. A pattern of selective disclosure and dishonesty.
The question voters should ask themselves, can you trust a person with our election systems who has failed to follow the law and disclose mandatory items in his bid for your vote, as well as in his position as a public official as an Alderman.
For those who can separate emotion from intellectual honesty, the answer is simple.
The penalty for knowingly filing a false and incomplete SEI is a Class A Misdemeanor (1 step below a felony) with up to a $1,000.00 fine, one year in a penal institution, or both.
Stay tuned for additional follow up articles on numerous other falsely filed SEI documents by Aaron Ammons.