Former Algonquin Township Assessor Bob Kunz, of whom I am a fan, having never seen him do anything unethical, wrote the following comment under the Illinois Leaks article about his using his township credit card for personal purposes:
Bob Kunz’ Reply Points Out PayPal Used Wrong Account and that All Three Such Mistaken Billings Were Rectified
As I am featured in this dispatch from Edgar County, I suppose I should provide a response.
Regarding reimbursements, Angie’s List, with which I had a personal account at the time, used a device called PayPal, with which I had both business and personal accounts, in its auto-charge. To my annoyance, it persisted in using my business account for Angie’s List, until I gained control by removing the office credit card from the business account.
In fact, though Edgar ominously states that two of three charges were reimbursed to taxpayers, all three were.
Regarding the Wall Street Journal, a little background.
In the early 1970s, I had the privilege of working closely with my mentor and friend, Cal Skinner Sr, at his office, running his offset printing press.
At that time, I first became exposed to his Wall Street Journals.
I gained an appreciation for the perspective they provided, and five years later, when I became Algonquin Township Assessor, made it part of my daily reading.
I found it provided insight necessary to someone in government working daily with the public.
A public official must work to understand this, and the Journal assisted greatly in this area.
Since I did not have, nor have I ever had, individual investments, the Journal provided me nothing in that realm.
Since I considered the value added by this exposure to accrue to members of my public constituency, I found no difficulty making it part of the assessor budget.
Regarding the portentous throwaway statement “we have been told there were stacks of Wall Street Journal publications in the assessor’s office”, what?
Before classifying the foregoing as “pointing to … malfeasance”, I recommend Edgar have the decency to seek response.