East St. Louis Township Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges

No Reason to think the depth of corruption in Illinois’ Metro-East area is any indication of anything wrong in McHenry County, but some might find this article of interest:

7 PUBLIC OFFICIALS ARRESTED IN METRO EAST AREA ON CORRUPTION CHARGES

There is a tangentially related paragraph in the Illinois Policy article, which might be of interest, however.  It’s about action by the U.S. Attorney down there.

In fact, these arrests come on the heels of a separate corruption case where East St. Louis Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton pleaded guilty to wire fraud Dec. 1. Hamilton used the township credit card to pay for personal expenses, such as a personal trip to Las Vegas.

He also used public funds to pay for building materials for his personal construction business.

But not only did he hold the position of Township Supervisor, he also sat on the St. Clair County Board and East Side Health District.

As part of his plea agreement, he was forced to resign from all his government positions and is barred from employment with any government entity in the future.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported,

A BND investigation found that Hamilton spent more than $230,000 on the no-limit American Express card from January 2012 to June 2016.

The investigation showed that Hamilton used the credit card to pay for

  • trips to Las Vegas and elsewhere;
  • thousands of dollars in gasoline for his Chevy Silverado pickup;
  • more than $3,000 for car washes, detailing and oil changes;
  • flowers and gifts for political allies,
  • restaurant tabs and
  • other purchases.

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East St. Louis Township Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges — 5 Comments

  1. I don’t know if the City of Crystal Lake is involved in these type of shenanigans but the length of time that elected officials have been in office as well as their collusion in keeping opponents off the voting ballots preventing citizens a choice of alternative candidates and the ongoing concealment of damages to private properties caused by the condition of City property should be of concern to voters and of interest to the local media and law enforcement agencies at the least.

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