By: Diane Benjamin
McLean County handed out presents to their employees, picture here: https://blnnews.com/2022/12/22/county-present-to-employees/
Government only exists because of money it takes from taxpayers. Government doesn’t create or manufacture goods and services. It taxes and spends the money collected. That is why the Illinois Constitution states:
What public purpose did Christmas gifts to employees serve? Since the County ordered 800 coffee cups the State’s Attorney (Erika Reynolds) likely got one too. I responded to the FOIA request by asking what statute in State law allowed this purchase. If I get a response I will update this story. Do you believe this spending is the ONLY failure to comply with Article VIII?
How much did the gifts cost?
But that wasn’t the only expense:
Still not done:
Last Christmas Normal throw a holiday luncheon and handed out gift cards totaling $7,670: https://blnnews.com/2022/01/17/normal-is-taking-today-off-meeting-tomorrow/
Since Illinois doesn’t have prosecutors to prosecute taxpayer abuse, they probably did it again. Government at all levels think it’s THEIR money once they take it from you. Voters have to hold their elected officials accountable, nobody else will.