Author: John Kraft

Decatur, IL. (ECWd) - The Decatur Library has apparently decided that only certain people can have access to its unredacted public records. Here is what happened: A library critic sent a request for records concerning communications with the Decatur Police Department. The Library's attorney returned a document with nearly...

Washington (ECWd) - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Justice Department Announces Strike Force to Combat Crimes in Government Procurement, Grant and Program Funding WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced today the formation of the new Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF) focusing on deterring, detecting, investigating and prosecuting...

Ford County, IL. (ECWd) - On November 8, 2019, Andrew Killian, the Ford County State's Attorney, penned a lengthy letter to Ford County board members who received legal advice from an outside attorney in regards to a conflict of interest survey composed by Killian. The board members...

PECATONICA TWP (ECWd) - This is one of four documented violations (so far) of the Open Meetings Act by Pecatonica Township within the past 2 years. Maybe they need additional remedial training on open meetings? This AG determination stems from a township meeting held on June 20, 2017,...

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) - Illinois State University Police Officers Kaase and Shepard let Bloomington Fireman Michael Maines go from an alleged DUI "because of his employment" - instead of arresting him after a Field Sobriety Test and a measured 0.090% BAC. BLNNews.com received the incident reports thru...

Wilmington, IL. (ECWd) - Former appointed Road Commissioner, John Norton, filed a "lawsuit" in Will County seeking at least $1,000,000.00 from each of the eight named Defendants. The entire lawsuit appears to be filed under the guise of the "Citizens Participation Act" ("CPA") since he did include...

PARIS, IL. (ECWd) - Judge Garst presided over a Hearing this morning where Stacy Adams entered a negotiated Guilty plea to DUI. She was sentenced to: 18 months conditional discharge $750.00 fine $1381.00 Schedule 6 assessment 75 hours of counseling (already completed) This comes as a result of...

Joliet, IL. (ECWd) - CBS2 Investigator Megan Hickey exposes Joliet Township problems. "Three Joliet Township workers said they were forced to do landscaping work on the township supervisor's home. He didn't answer questions about making the public employees work on his private property. CBS 2 Investigator Megan...

Paris, IL. (ECWd) - During today's Edgar County Board Meeting, the public was notified that the Edgar County Jail is effectively closing at the end of the month. Citing the lack of any insurance coverage, the Edgar County Sheriff's Department will no long be able to house...