City of Kankakee

Kankakee appointed Comptroller to KRMA Board, Municipal Code prohibits the appointment –

Kankakee, IL. (ECWd) –

Earlier last year, the City of Kankakee appointed its City Comptroller to the Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency Board – the appointment comes with a $600 per month paycheck.

We have previously written about the inappropriate appointments to the KRMA (read about them here).

The State’s Attorney has asked the Attorney General’s Opinions Bureau for an opinion related to appointments to the KRMA Board, and that opinion has not yet been completed after almost 2 years…

As for the Office of Comptroller being appointed as KRMA Director, we believe the Illinois Municipal Code prohibits such an appointment in Section 3.1-55-10:

(65 ILCS 5/3.1-55-10)
    Sec. 3.1-55-10. Interests in contracts.
    (a) A municipal officer shall not be financially interested directly in the officer's own name or indirectly in the name of any other person, association, trust, or corporation, in any contract, work, or business of the municipality or in the sale of any article whenever the expense, price, or consideration of the contract, work, business, or sale is paid either from the treasury or by an assessment levied by statute or ordinance. 

In this instance, the municipal officer is the Comptroller, and the interest, direct or indirect, is the KRMA, which has contracted with the municipalities to perform work or provide a service.

Once again, we urge the City of Kankakee and the other municipalities to appoint qualified persons as Directors of the KRMA.

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