By: Diane Benjamin
Every so often I receive anonymous tips in the mail. In order for me to investigate I have to believe the allegations are credible and have enough information to confirm the allegations.
A couple of weeks ago I received one of these. It concerned a former County employee named Jody Cooper who served as the McLean County Drug Court Coordinator.
I could not prove the allegations in the letter because nothing showed up on any investigative reports for her or the other person ( an inmate) mentioned. If the allegations are true, the County will not provide that information because they would call it “personnel” and therefore exempt. I did find something else however the letter writer must not be aware of:
Jody Cooper was investigated for theft of $1,342 in petty cash.
Although the documents I received are heavily redacted, enough information is available to see that Cooper was questioned in June of 2016, the same month she resigned:
This same document claims the case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Divisions. Since it appears nothing has happened since, it died there.
See the entire FOIA request here: FOIA – Jody Cooper
Cooper’s Facebook page claims she is a Behavior Specialist now at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln.
Both the possible theft and other allegations appear to be buried.