Author: John Kraft

SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) - Earlier this year, Governor Pritzker sign several new Bills amending the various statutes related to dogs and cats. Cat owners are now mandated to vaccinate against rabies, and counties are permitted to require registration and registration fees. The Illinois Department of Agriculture issued a...

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...

[caption id="attachment_54506" align="alignleft" width="145"] Photo by ECWd[/caption] Chicago, IL. (ECWd) - We were honored to present a one-hour session on "Who Let The (Watch)Dogs Out" at the 2019 Illinois Municipal League Conference last month. Kirk Allen and John kraft of the Edgar County Watchdogs, and Keri-Lyn Krafthefer, Equity...

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...