Edgar County Watchdogs is a non-profit organization run by Illinois veterans John Kraft and Kirk Allen, who fight corruption and crooked politicians. Ben Swann reports that over the past two years, they have forced 102 bureaucrats and politicians to resign, once putting an entire park district board under citizen’s arrest.
With four former governors who are ex-cons, the corruption in Illinois government runs deep. But thanks to Kraft and Allen, the community has been cleaned up in a big way. The pair busted the mayor of Redmond for attempting to hold office while living out of town, they represented themselves in court and beat Illinois Assistant Attorney General Emma Steimel in a lawsuit seeking access to state emails, and they forced an entire airport board to resign, just to name a few milestones.
Ben Swann revealed:
Inspired by Dillon’s Rule, a 19th-century principle that municipal governments can only act on the basis of powers that have been lawfully granted to them, the duo force public officials to prove that they are spending public funds and using public resources in a lawful manner. Activities like these helped Kraft and Allen catch a school superintendent who spent $5,000 worth of school funds dining out at restaurants.
What began as an effort to clean up Edgar County has become a state-wide initiative to hold public officials accountable. In a short time, two concerned citizens who happen to be military veterans have dramatically shaken up Illinois’ infamously-corrupt political landscape.
Acting on tips from Kraft and Allen, even the feds have gotten involved, initiating investigations and issuing subpoenas to local officials. The duo held the entire Clark County Park District Board under citizen’s arrest on May 13, 2014 for violating the Illinois Open Meetings Act, a Class C misdemeanor. Footage from the epic event can be seen above. When Clark County Sheriff Jerry Parsley responded to the scene of the heated dispute, he sided with Kraft and Allen. “The people need to have their voice. It’s not a dictatorship. It’s a democracy,” explained Parsley.
Rather than sitting around complaining about their corrupt local officials, Kraft and Allen have taken action in a big way. As a result, a positive change has been made in their community. Show these patriots your support in the comments section!