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April 19, 2024

Coles Co. – Legal opinion confirms Watchdog position on private assessor – County exercised powers never granted

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On October 16, 2019

Coles Co. (ECWd) –

The Concerned Taxpayers of Coles County group asked for our help almost three years ago regarding the County Assessments.  One of the first key items we identified was the improper contracting with an individual to perform the duties of the Supervisor of Assessments.  We went into great detail in our seven-part series on the matter and to date, the County has refused to correct the improper actions.

Numerous times through our Coles County investigation and publications of findings we had been told that we are not lawyers, with the implication we either are wrong or don’t know what we are talking about.

The Law Firm of Rathje and Woodward has now issued a legal opinion to Charles Stodden on the subject and it validates everything we wrote, even citing the very same case law as we did in this article.

The Coles County State’s Attorney has refused to take the side of the people to resolve this matter, a duty under Illinois law.  Instead, he continues to defend the actions of the County Board and ignore the fact the taxpayers have been harmed.

Steps are being taken to bring forward a lawsuit against the County for their improper actions and improper expenditure of funds.

A copy of the opinion can be viewed below or downloaded at this link.

redacted legal opinion
Coles. Co.

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