2 IL Veterans Force 102 Corrupt Officials to Resign, Place Entire Local Board Under Citizen’s Arrest

CitizensArrest_frontB Swan – by Barry Donegan

Illinois residents John Kraft and Kirk Allen, who run an anti-corruption non-profit called the Edgar County Watchdogs, have waged a campaign against crooked public officials over the past two years, forcing resignations from 102 bureaucrats and politicians and at one point placing an entire park district board under citizen’s arrest.

With four former governors having served time behind bars, Illinois’ government is widely-viewed as being riddled with corruption. However, according to a recentexpose by Forbes, two military veterans in Edgar County have begun to fight back and, in just under two years, have drastically cleaned up corruption in their community.  

In an effort to take back their government from self-serving politicians and bureaucrats, John Kraft and Kirk Allen established a group called the Edgar County Watchdogs. Through a combination of public pressure, Freedom of Information filings, lawsuits, and media exposure, they have created a system that deeply threatens Illinois’ corrupt, entrenched political establishment. They operate a blog called Illinois Leaks that exposes corruption at the state and local levels. Considering the fact that, according to Forbes, their home county’s government has racked up over $79 million in debt all on its own while serving only 18,000 residents, Kraft and Allen have their work cut out for them.

Despite an uphill battle, the anti-corruption twosome have been surprisingly successful. By doggedly pursuing justice for even the smallest infractions by bureaucrats and politicians, the Edgar County Watchdogs have driven 102 public officials to resign from their posts, including 33 officials in Edgar County alone. The pair busted the mayor of Redmond for attempting to hold office while living out of town. They represented themselves in court and beat Illinois Assistant Attorney General Emma Steimel in a lawsuit seeking access to state emails. Officials who have resigned due to the Watchdogs’ efforts include a property tax assessor, the Edgar County board chairman, an entire airport board and its manager, the attorney for Kansas Township’s fire department, Shiloh’s superintendent of schools, and Effingham’s health department administrator, among others. After they exposed corrupt, illegal, and self-serving spending habits by the Ford-Iroquois County health department, the entire bureaucracy was dissolved. In some cases, federal agents have even stepped in to investigate and issue subpoenas to local officials after receiving tips from Kraft and Allen.

In what was one of their most epic displays of political crime-fighting, seen in the above-embedded video, Allen and Kraft held the entire Clark County Park District Board under citizen’s arrest on May 13, 2014 for violating the Illinois Open Meetings Act, a Class C misdemeanor. According to NBC-5 Chicago, when Clark County Sheriff Jerry Parsley responded to the scene of the heated dispute in which local residents were not allowed to make public comments at a park district board public meeting, he chose to enforce Kraft and Allen’s citizen’s arrest. Sheriff Parsley explained his rationale behind enforcing the arrest to NBC Chicago, “The people need to have their voice. It’s not a dictatorship. It’s a democracy.”

Inspired by Dillon’s Rule, a 19th-century principle that municipal governments can only act on the basis of powers that have been lawfully granted to them, the duo force public officials to prove that they are spending public funds and using public resources in a lawful manner. Activities like these helped Kraft and Allen catch a school superintendent who spent $5,000 worth of school funds dining out at restaurants.

What began as an effort to clean up Edgar County has become a state-wide initiative to hold public officials accountable. In a short time, two concerned citizens who happen to be military veterans have dramatically shaken up Illinois’ infamously-corrupt political landscape.



5 thoughts on “2 IL Veterans Force 102 Corrupt Officials to Resign, Place Entire Local Board Under Citizen’s Arrest

  1. Effingham IL. Should investigate the way the police oporate arounf the truck stops there. Cut a 1/4 of the drugs going to Chi Town out right there. With the police well investigatd.

  2. We need this in my hometown. I go to town board meetings & expose things when I find them, but it seems the people don’t care. I was writing these issues up & reporting them in the local paper but the editor now refuses to print them. I raised so much hell about our pedophile police chief he resigned. Now he’s still a part time county deputy. DCI doesn’t care. I’m ready to call the FBI. I’ll probably be disappointed again.

  3. As the shiesters see that no one has ANY confidence in their racket you will see more of these “LOOK, WE ARE LETTING THE PEASANTS KNOCK OFF SOME OF OUR PEONS” articles. The real crooks can then sit back and wait for everyone to finnish off the competition at the lower levels and get back to finding more peon shiesters to take their place (or put in the OTHER one they wanted) Vote with your wallet and buy more ammo. Liberty1775 War is coming.

  4. “With four former governors having served time behind bars….”

    Politics is the only employment available for ex-cons.

    Other than that, I have to agree with Mr. Koernke (above). This article was only written to convince people that our corrupt government can be mended through legal means, which will allow a few low-level heads to roll, and let the Zionists on top maintain the status quo.

    They’re trying to appease an angry public by throwing a few patsies to the dogs. We’ve also recently seen a few articles about corrupt cops being prosecuted, and those articles were published for the same reason. It’s all part of the game of controlling a population through propaganda.

  5. My hat is off to Edgar County Watchdogs!!!!
    I am interested in learning how to address these issues in Cuyahoga County where I live, Cleveland, Ohio. I have worked along side of many of my neighbors who have prevailed in foreclosures; perhaps I have some information
    I can share with you.
    Clifford E. Melton

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