With the recent news of indictments against 12 Russian agents, the Edgar County Watchdog team takes a look at the vulnerabilities and policies that may have left Illinois exposed and susceptible to a hacker attack.
A statewide government watchdog group is compiling evidence to mount a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against Gov. Bruce Rauner and his administration for numerous violations of the law enacted to bring more transparency to government operations.
Kirk Allen, a writer and founder of Edgar County Watchdogs, says he doesn't understand why the state Office of Executive Inspector General has "punted" his formal ethics compliant against Gov. Bruce Rauner and his administration to the state's Auditor General Inspector General.
In less than a week, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office won a mock transparency award, was threatened with a lawsuit charging the office defied numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and was hit with allegations it violated the state Ethics Act.
n light of the multi-part series, we have published recently regarding the activities taking place in the Office of the Governor, specifically, Washington DC campaign figures driving policy with direct communications to state officials in the Governor’s Office, we looked closely at our Illinois State Ethics Act.
The Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW) is pointing to a litany of emails sent by the wife of Gov. Bruce Rauner as proof that Illinois’ first lady has often put the brand of her family ahead of the welfare of the state.
Across thirty-six counties and dozens of townships in the state, the election of fifty-five township or multitownship assessors during 2017 appears to have been illegal because they failed to meet statutory requirements to be candidates for the office.
The two founders of the Edgar County Watchdogs, who have a record of exposing local and state government waste and fraud, are gearing up for an old-fashioned showdown March 1 at the Coles County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner.
uring the Chicago Tribune Editorial interview with Gubernatorial candidates Jeannie Ives and Governor Rauner, Ives stated that the Rauner Staff had told her the reason the Governor has been silent on the Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino scandal was that the auditor was getting ready to investigate some of their agencies so they did not want to say anything.