Copyright 2024 All Rights Reserved.

July 24, 2024

Former Urbana Asst Superintendent Byndom Sentenced Today –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On May 5, 2022


We were present in the courtroom with video cameras (the court authorized extended media coverage) in 2018 when Samuel J. Byndom was arraigned on felony eavesdropping for his alleged attempts at recording a closed session meeting of the Urbana School Board through the use of an ink pen with a hidden voice activated audio recording device inside of it.

Byndom is the former assistant superintendent of Urbana School District 116.

Originally charged with felony eavesdropping, Byndom was sentenced in Champaign County Circuit Court today (according to the docket report).

A Champaign County Circuit Court Judge handed a misdemeanor sentence to Byndom consisting of 90 days court supervision, a fine, and 30 hours of community service. This is a “withhold judgement / court supervision” sentence meaning it can be stricken (dismissed) from his record after completion of the sentence.




Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on print


  • Bob Judd
    Posted at 19:44h, 05 May Reply

    Interesting article.. What i the heck is wrong with these Public Employees that they would stoop to this… Is it Ego, Arrogance, or Stupidity? Perhaps a combination of all of them….. Thanks for the article, E C W Dogs

    • Aaron
      Posted at 12:36h, 07 May Reply

      Mr. Judd
      The answer is easy. People see the illegal actions of presidents, governors, Secretaries of State and the like all get away with murder. Literally murder along with everything else. Enforcement MUST start at the top.


  • Dave
    Posted at 07:58h, 06 May Reply


  • Kathiann
    Posted at 09:43h, 06 May Reply

    Not sure why an assistant superintendent had to go to these lengths. He was able to attend the meeting, was he not? Unless it was about him…?

Post A Comment