Author: John Kraft

DeKalb, IL. (ECWd) - On May 31, 2017, the Office of the Executive Inspector General publicly released a scathing report of findings in a nearly three-year long investigation into complaints against several employees, including NIU President Douglas Baker, of Northern Illinois University. We have to say,...

EFFINGHAM, IL. (ECWd) - Mark Doan, Superintendent of Effingham Unit #40 School District, says he wanted to issue $14,000,000.00 (fourteen million dollars) in Bonds in order to punish voters, by making them freak out, for voting down the sales tax for the second time. After a stunning, but predictable, defeat on...

Newton, IL. (ECWd) - This is what happens when local elected officials think they can do whatever they want, the law be damned. We believe the Jasper County Clerk and Recorder has an illegal fee and electronic device search policy, and the State's Attorney and Sheriff's Department assisted...

Northern Illinois University (ECWd) - NIU and President Doug Baker’s administration continue to dazzle with their numerous creative ways to circumvent state rules.  The ban on reimbursement of employee commuting costs seems to be quite clear in the state travel rules, but Baker seems determined to...