Author: John Kraft & Kirk Allen

Cahokia, IL. (ECWd) - On January 14, 2019, Illinois Senator (57th District) Christopher Belt filed a false Statement of Economic Interest related to his position as a Legislator. Belt was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Senator Clayborne in January 2019. On his filed statement, question number...

Paris, IL. (ECWd) - On Sep 9, 2019, former Edgar County Jailer (and felon) Jason Ball was charged with failing to report change of address (as sex offender) and felon in possession of a firearm. These are Class 2 and 3 Felonies, respectively. Ball entered a not...

Centralia, IL. (ECWd) - Centralia Probationary Police Officer Blake Stricklin resigned from the department on May 22, 2019 following an internal investigation of sexual harrassment. According to public records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the investigation revealed that Stricklin made inappropriate sexual comments to two...

McLean County (ECWd) - Former McLean County Assistant State's Attorney, William Layne Roberts, has field a 9-Count federal civil lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliatory discharge against former Assistant State's Attorney Kristen Alferink, the Office of the McLean County State's Attorney, and former State's Attorney (and...

Paris, IL. (ECWd) - When the pending Edgar County jail closure was announced, we reported it (here). Since that article, the County has been searching for a different insurance company that is willing to insure all or part of the jail, or in the alternative, they are...

SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) - As of Sep 24, 2019, the Springfield Mass Transit District's Facilities Manager / Supervisor of Maintenance, Aaron Beck, is no longer employed at the District. This came in a notice posted throughout the District's offices (read it here). We understand Mr. Beck had worked...