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May 29, 2024

Shelby County – Kathleen Agney Charged With 9 Felony Counts Of Forgery

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On May 2, 2023

Shelby Co., Ill. (ECWd) –

The Shelby County State’s Attorney announced criminal charges against Kathleen Agney, wife of Troy Agney, the former Shelby County EMA Director. Below is the quote released and provided to Shelbyville Eagle.

“Today,  May 2, 2023, I caused to be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court felony charges stemming from an investigation into irregularities in the Stewardson Fire Protection District.  These charges focus on the documents created in furtherance of the misapplication of credit of the Stewardson Fire Protection District.  Charged in this stage of the investigation is Kathleen Agney with nine (9) counts of forgery each a Class 3 felony.  The charges and allegations contained in the charging instrument are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

We first reported on a criminal investigation involving Troy Agney in this article. In the previous article, we were told the investigation was completed and a charging decision was pending.  Turns out the investigation was actually incomplete.  The above charges are a result of further investigations conducted by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and we understand the investigation is still active as it relates to her husband Troy Agney.

The original complaint alleging theft at the Stewardson Fire Protection District was in 2019.  We understand due to a statute of limitations on certain alleged crimes there will be no resolution to some of those complaints.  According to the State’s Attorney, forgery is a Class 3 Felony and there is no time limit for prosecution as outlined in 720 ICLS 5/3-5.

“The charges and allegations contained in the charging instrument are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”



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  • Jack Tarleton
    Posted at 07:17h, 03 May Reply

    If enough of these kinds of charges are filed, perhaps the officials in these little districts will get the message that district funds are not their personal piggy bank. I think there are a few others around that maybe need to get that message the hard way.

    • Justice Seeker
      Posted at 10:46h, 03 May Reply

      Jack, have to get the state’s attorneys to do their job like the new one in Shelby County did. Most are not working for the taxpayer but rather for those who are defrauding the taxpayer of funds. Too many have covered up corruption of elected officials and employees because they all protect each other. Starting with the exposure and downfall of Madigan, Illinois needs corruption rooted out by those with the integrity to do it.

    Posted at 07:45h, 04 May Reply

    Justice Seeker you are absolutely spot on! In attempting to report to and get help from the State’s Attorney regarding a law breaking local entity, I was actually told by their office that they are there to protect government entities, not to go after them. So obviously, whenever they can get away with ignoring criminal activities by government bodies they will. They all have something to hide, something to protect and lots to lose. We have such a misconception of how things really work! We don’t stand a chance.

    • Justice Seeker
      Posted at 14:51h, 04 May Reply

      The statutes are available for all to read and taxpayers should hold their elected officials accountable to those statutes!

      (55 ILCS 5/3-9005) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-9005)
      Sec. 3-9005. Powers and duties of State’s Attorney.
      (a) The duty of each State’s Attorney shall be:
      (1) To commence and prosecute all actions, suits,
      indictments and prosecutions, civil and criminal, in the circuit court for the county, in which the people of the State or county may be concerned.

      THIS SAYS ALL!! That means any elected or appointed official or county employee! Township employee! All Means All and SHALL means SHALL!

      (3) To commence and prosecute all actions and
      proceedings brought by any county officer in the county officer’s official capacity.
      This means ANY county official who brings forth issues that should be prosecuted!

      At some point taxpayers in Illinois will get sick of paying for corruption and hold officials accountable! They also may think before they vote! Many elected officials who are “nice people” will grab your wallet out of your back pocket while they smile and tell you what you want to hear.
      Speak up and speak out.

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