Very few times do you get to read good news, the kind of news where Americans are able to stand up for their rights, AND WIN.
But that happened in Clark County, Illinois.
The incident took place in May of 2014, but the story is just now making its rounds.
Two veterans, Kirk Allen and John Kraft live in Edgar County Illinois.
They’re on an unrelenting quest to see corruption ended in their state of Illinois.
They call themselves the “Watchdogs,” because they work to find any situation where the government isn’t acting in accordance.
They’ve helped to out more than 103 officials from office, including 33 from their home district of Edgar County. According to Forbes, Edgar county has managed to rack up $79 million dollars in debt in the past few years while serving only 18,000 people, so Kraft and Allen certainly have their work cut out for them.
As the Ocala Post wrote:
By relentlessly pursuing justice for even the smallest infractions by bureaucrats and politicians, the Edgar County Watchdogs have driven 102 public officials to resign from their posts, including 33 officials in Edgar County alone.
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 e-mails.
Officials who have resigned due to the Watchdogs’ efforts include a property tax assessor, the Edgar County board chairman, an entire airport board and its manager, the attorney for Kansas Township’s fire department, Shiloh’s superintendent of schools, and Effingham’s health department administrator, among others.
After they exposed corrupt, illegal, and self-serving spending habits by the Ford-Iroquois County health department, the entire bureaucracy was dissolved.
In some cases, federal agents have even stepped in to investigate and issue subpoenas to local officials after receiving tips from Kraft and Allen.
And their latest and most publicized achievement is one in which they managed to get 6 out of 7 of the county Clark County Park District Board arrested for violating the Illinois Open Meetings Act which is a Class C misdemeanor.
So how did this come to pass?
When the county board meeting convened in May, Kraft and Allen asked if the board was going to allow comments from the public.
They were told that wasn’t going to happen. In fact, they were told it wasn’t going to happen and then were asked to leave so the board members could conduct the meeting in private.
Fortunately for American citizens it’s mandated that the public is allowed to voice their opinion during many local governmental meetings. After all, publicly elected officials are responsible to their constituents in a democracy.
When they were told to leave, Kraft and Allen called the sheriff in and he promptly put 6 out of the 7 under arrest.
The only one who wasn’t arrested was the one who voted agains the other board members.
That’s called “Winning.”
This is how a country should be run, at every level.
If only the same kind of actions could be taken inside of D.C.