Effingham Co. (ECWd) - We alleged that the Effingham County Board, under the direction of Chairman Niemann, violated the Open Meetings Act multiple times by holding emergency meetings, which were not emergencies, discussed matters in closed session that were not qualified for closed session discussions, and failed to post a...
Effingham Co. (ECWd) - We were informed last week that an Effingham County Insurance meeting was going to be held on August 4th, 2017, at 9 am.  The first problem, the notice did not come from the County who is supposed to let us know when meetings are scheduled.  That...
Illinois (ECWd) - When we fail to address violations of law by public officials at the local level, it festers and desensitizes us to the importance of our laws. Those officials who are allowed to get away with breaking our laws move up the chain to be County, State, and...
EFFINGHAM, IL. (ECWd) - According to 979 XFM, Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker has resigned his position with the Illinois Department of Corrections. He was appointed to the position of CEO of Illinois Correctional Industries by Gov. Rauner. XFM says Bloemker provided a written statement saying in part that "The intense pace...
Effingham Co. (ECWd) As the County moved to secure an ambulance service it found itself faced with numerous legal issues, of which, by all indications, they still don't get it. After exposing the County for not following the law as it pertains to the hiring of a private attorney...
Effingham Co. (ECWd) - We are taking the position that the Effingham County Board usurped their authority when they entered into a 5-year contract with Abbott Ambulance and that this contract is void ab-initio.  We take this position based on lengthy research which included key Illinois case law, to include the...
Effingham CO. (ECWd) - When the public submits a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records, it needs to be clear to everyone that the law is what outlines what is or is not obtainable and under what time frame it is to be provided.  In Illinois, the law...
Effingham Co. (ECWd) - We have learned over time when Freedom of Information Requests are not provided on key issues before a public body there tends to be something to hide.  Such appears to be the case in Effingham County who is scheduled to vote on an ambulance contract...
Effingham Co. (ECWd) - During the failed attempt to hold a county board meeting last week, John Kraft raised an interesting point that garnered a response from the attorney that we have now confirmed was not true. During the multi-year legal challenges the County has been dealing with as it relates...
EFFINGHAM, IL. (ECWd) - Mark Doan, Superintendent of Effingham Unit #40 School District, says he wanted to issue $14,000,000.00 (fourteen million dollars) in Bonds in order to punish voters, by making them freak out, for voting down the sales tax for the second time. After a stunning, but predictable, defeat on the sales tax referendum in...