Coles County Sheriff

Coles (ECWd) - Sheriff Rankin's first year in office had a budget in place from his predecessor.  Rankin is in the 4th year of his term, which means he has presented three budgets that he has operated under that are now audited.  During those three years,...

CHARLESTON, IL. (ECWd) - Governor Rauner fired him for basically being a racist, Attorney General Candidate Erika Harold still plans on attending his Coles County Lincoln Day Dinner and giving the key-note speech, and his fellow Coles County Republican Precinct Committeemen appear to be happy with...

COLES CO., IL. (ECWd) - The State of Illinois Prisoner Review Board ("PRB") is a state agency whose members are appointed by the Governor of Illinois. According to its website (here) the PRB is a quasi-judicial body and is tasked with making recommendations for parole and clemency...

COLES CO., IL. (ECWd) - Electioneering using State Vehicle: On December 4, 2017, John Clough was spotted arriving at the Coles County Courthouse around 11:55 a.m., in his assigned state-owned vehicle. His purpose was to deliver his petition packets for Republican Precinct Committeeman in Coles County. He...

COLES CO., IL. (ECWd) - The newest Governor Rauner appointee to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board ("PRB") has filed a false Statement of Economic Interest. John Wayne Clough, hailing from Coles County, was appointed to the PRB on March 30, 2017. He was a long-time employee and Deputy...

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="224"] Google map: W. Lincoln[/caption] CHARLESTON, IL. (ECWd) - Apparently the incident was closer than we initially thought. Calls indicate it was between or included 825 and/or 811 W. Lincoln (American Watchdogs, Inc.) in Charleston,, which is the main east-west thoroughfare. Audio of the 911 calls...

Coles Co. (ECWd) - "Coles County under color of state law has violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause in its unlawful, intentional and arbitrary, discriminatory assessments against Plaintiffs for 2016 tax year." After six months of citizens pleading with the County Board to do the right...

COLES CO., IL. (ECWd) - The former Sherriff of Coles County, Darrell Cox, who was publicly outed during his campaign (by the Edgar County Watchdogs - not by Phillips) for illegally selling guns in violation of State Law and in violation of Court Orders (WTHI article here),...