TODAY: ECW’s win!

By:  Diane Benjamin

Today the Edgar County Watchdogs, Kirk Allen and John Kraft, are receiving a NATIONAL honor.  They will receive the award in Nashville at the SPN Annual Meeting:

SPN 24th Annual Meeting

SPN’s Annual Meeting is the leading conference in the freedom movement aimed squarely at advancing state policy reforms essential to the American principles of liberty and law. Think tank leaders, network partners, and investors gather to strategize, network, learn from one another, share ideas, be inspired, and build requisite knowledge and skills.
Described as the family reunion of the freedom movement, SPN Annual Meeting has grown from 19 individuals who attended the first meeting in Colorado Springs, CO in 1992 to more than 1,000 who joined us for our 23rd Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2015. It is an opportunity to highlight and amplify successes of the network—individuals and organizations—dedicated to advancing freedom.


Groups like the Illinois Policy Institute are attending, their CEO John Tillman is one of the speakers.

Kirk and John are the two Unsung Heroes.


Yes, that was a 60 Minutes Film Crew following them around for weeks.  Yes, they were filming at the Watchdog Training held here a few weeks ago.

These two have done more to clean up corruption in Illinois than any State’s Attorney or the Attorney General.  They are very deserving of this award!

See their website here:






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