Author: John Kraft & Kirk Allen

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) - Our radio interview Ben Yount and Andrew Nelms talking about the watchdog training coming up tomorrow (Aug 20, 2016) in Springfield. [audio mp3="https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Il-Watchdog-Radio.mp3"][/audio] . Please consider a donation to the Edgar County Watchdogs. [wp_eStore_donate id=1] ....

PARIS, IL. (ECWd) - We wrote in December 2015 about RIDES threatening a lawsuit (here) and explained the situation pretty thoroughly. RIDES-MTD filed the lawsuit a couple weeks ago. The bottom line is that you must follow the law when dissolving a mass transit district ("MTD"), the county...

SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) - The Fourth Appellate Court provides audio of its Oral Arguments to the public at this link: here The Argument Date, Case Number, and Title are: 08/10/16 4-15-0963 Allen Kirk and Kraft v. Clark County Park District Board of Communications (should have been "Commissioners") We appealed this from...

PARIS, IL. (ECWd) - During the Edgar County Board meeting this morning, we learned from Karl Farnham that Dale Barkley had submitted his resignation from the Edgar County Airport Advisory Committee. In other business, the Board approved purchasing of a new software package for use with assessments...

CAHOKIA, IL. (ECWd) - The Village of Cahokia just two months ago changed its meeting dates/times to coincide with the Commonfields of Cahokia Water District meetings to keep citizens from attending both meetings. Since the Chairman of the Water District and the Mayor of Cahokia and father...

DuPage Co., IL. (ECWd) - At today's DuPage County board meeting, I discussed board member compensation, and in particular, board member health insurance. Previously we had written about excessive compensation, FOIA request for compensation,  IMRF and Vehicle Allowances, DuPage County's initial refusal to provide health insurance participation payment...

SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) - Governor Rauner signed HB 5683, which amends the Open Meetings Act to allow anyone to file a lawsuit for violations of the Open Meetings Act within 60 days of the Attorney General deciding to resolve an alleged violation thru a means other...