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December 5, 2023


IL. State Board of Education Backtracks, Produces Email Addresses –

Springfield, Ill. (ECWd) – After our November 18th article on the Illinois State Board of Education’s (“ISBE”) refusal to provide the email addresses of its employees, and our filing of a Request for Review with the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (“PAC”), the ISBE changed

Watchdogs 2023 Review; Request For Donations –

Paris, IL. (ECWd) – As 2023 comes to a close, we are sharing some of the things we exposed and wrote about this year and also ask that you kindly give a donation to assist in keeping the Edgar County Watchdogs operational. Without the generous

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$874,000 in Improper Gifts from Contractor to ROE/PDA Employees –

Will-Grundy-Kendall Counties, Ill. (ECWd) – An Agency of the Regional Offices of Education of Will County and Grundy-Kendall County, the Professional Development Alliance (“PDA”), entered into a contract with Vista Learning, NFP, as early as 2013. Between 2017 and 2023, Vista Learning issued $874,740.59 in

Tazewell County-owned Farm –

Tazewell County, Ill. (ECWd) – We surveyed the various counties purporting to lease county-owned farm ground, which were named in a newspaper article written about the Shelby County Farm. Each county listed in that article received a Freedom of Information Act request from us asking