6 County Board Members Arrested For Violating Open Meetings Law: In Illinois!

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Every community in the United States needs to replicate this plan of action. Clark County Sheriff, Jerry Parsley, arrested 6 county board members for refusing to let the community make comments in a board meeting, violating the Illinois Open Meetings Act which is a Class C misdemeanor. I bet they don’t do that again!

But it was not just a simple act on behalf of law enforcement. This community has got a plan!

This is not the first time in history that government officials have been arrested. William Bligh, well known for "The Mutiny on the Bounty" was arrested in The Rum Rebellion of 1808.  he was the Governor of New South Wales in Australia
This is not the first time in history that government officials have been arrested. William Bligh, well known for “The Mutiny on the Bounty” was arrested in the Rum Rebellion of 1808. He was the Governor of New South Wales in Australia

In May, the  Clark County Park District Board voted out any public comments in the meeting, a citizens arrest was called, the sheriff was called, arrests were made, and the majority of the board was marched out of the building among a crowd full of cheers.

The 7th board member had voted against the unconstitutional act and was not arrested. The Sheriff and the State Attorney’s Office had backed up a local watch group and justice was served!

As reported in the Ocala Post:

So what can the law abiding citizen do? The answer is coming from some regular guys in southern Illinois who decided to hold public officials accountable. They call themselves the “Watchdogs.”

In an effort to take back their government from self-serving politicians and bureaucrats, Kirk Allen and John Kraft, two military veterans, 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. The blog is so popular that, it is trusted more than the local paper.

One of the big failures in the battle for freedom is our lack of planning. This system needs to be instituted in our school board meetings as well as other government bodies in our communities. When a group can get a local blog ahead of the local press, you know that they are on to something.  They are getting dramatic results as continued from the Ocala Post

By relentlessly 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.

It is a plan and it is working. It needs to be replicated. If it works in extremely corrupt Illinois, it can work anywhere.  The Edgar County Watchdogs are making headway and I have to agree wholeheartedly with founder
John Kraft:

“Every citizen, in every state, county, and city, should take note. Make sure their local government officials are working for the people, and not for themselves.”

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