I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw this headline on QCOnline.
You’ll remember this Kounty Kerfuffle concerned RICO Board member Don Johnston and a long time county assistant with mutual charges flying about name calling, bullying, FOIA requests, overtime/comp pay, Johnston’s girlfriend’s daughter getting fired from her county job, etc. etc.
So after I stopped laughing, I began wondering why this particular event was considered “affecting Rock Island County’s image” when this crap has been going on for decades:
**County Board Democrat Nick Camlin caused the county to pay a $10,700 fine for botching a monthly employee report
**Three whistleblowers filed suit against the county for the JTPA debacle
**RICO Board Chair was caught charging taxpayers for gas mileage going to and from work
**Former County Clerk Dick Leibovitz was investigated by the feds for enriching himself with taxpayer $$$ while in office—we never did find out what happened with that
**Former SA Jeff Terronez disgraced and disbarred for lying to the state police, for getting booze for minors, for using taxpayer $$$$ to take two young girls on a party trip to Champaign, etc.
**Former County Sheriff Mike Huff caught using his county credit card for personal use
**Mike Jacobs, who never ran for an election in his life elevated to state Senate by his daddy and a few of his daddy’s cronies
**Phil Hare, who never ran for election in his life was elevated to US Congress by his powerful patron
**Popular former US congressman Lane Evans found to have won re-election by violating campaign finance laws in 1998 and 2000
**Money allocated for courthouse maintenance spent elsewhere and no one is held accountable so that the judges may have to sue the county.
Gentle reader, this Johnston/Chapman scandal isn’t a one-off; it is just one event of many in the Culture of Corruption that has infected One Party Democrat Rule Rock Island County for decades.