I’m changing my statements as it pertains to Jamie Mathy and Kim Bray. The statements they filed this year apply to last year, so alderman would not be on it. The real problem is the County does not post the Statements of Economic Interest filed with petitions. That means voters have no way of knowing what possible conflicts exist BEFORE they vote.
The same applies to Chemberly Cummings.
By: Diane Benjamin
This Illinois law isn’t difficult to understand. Every person elected to public office is required to file a Statement of Economic Interest. The forms must be filed with the County Clerk.
(5 ILCS 420/4A-101)
(from Ch. 127, par. 604A-101)
DISCLOSURE OF ECONOMIC INTERESTS
This is the County site where anyone can search for the statements that have been filed: http://seionline.mcleancountyil.gov/public/publicsearch.aspx
The law clearly states that persons ELECTED to office have to file. Appointees also have to file, but if an elected person is also appointed, statements need to be filed for all offices. Filing for just an appointed office does not qualify as filed for an elected office! Being a Cemetery Trustee or a Township Trustee does not involve the same possible conflicts as being an Alderman. Citizens have a right to know about all conflicts for all offices held.
Here’s the problem:
Joni Painter did not file as Alderman:
David Sage filed perfectly:
Here’s the applicable law:
What these people filed does not comply with the law. Certified letters need to be sent today along with a $15 penalty for late filing. That will more than cover the cost.
The law doesn’t say the elected official gets to decide to file or not. Each Unit of Government provides her office with a list of who must file. It’s the County Clerk’s office’s job to make sure all of them file or incur fines for not doing so.
Meanwhile, these people are serving illegally. Since certified letters were not sent to them, nothing can be done to remove them from office or force them to pay the fine.
I’ve got more on SEIs, maybe tomorrow.