Possible violations of the Kane County Ethics Ordinance
Last Friday, September 11, 2020, a written complaint was submitted to the Kane County States Attorney questioning Kane County Treasurer Dave Rickert, the current candidate for Kane County Chairman, for possible violations of the Kane County Ethics Ordinance.
The first questionable contribution of $2,500 is from a vice-president of a bank with 11 locations in the County that has been designated for tax collection; maximum allowable is $1,000.
The second questionable contribution of $2,500 is from a Kane County vendor who in 2020 received an estimated $150,000 from the County, and since 2011 over $1M; maximum allowable is $2,000.
The public deserves and demands better from our elected officials. Corruption has no place for those that have been entrusted to represent the people, and we need to put a stop to it. That is why ethics reform is one of the cornerstones of my campaign platform.
When elected, given this situation, it would be one of my first responsibilities to review how the Ethics Ordinance is communicated to the county officials and employees. Additionally, I want to make sure that all of the elected officials and department heads have completed the Sexual Harassment Prevention training as required by December 31, 2020. I will also ensure that Implicit Bias and Diversity Training is required for all County employees.
We need to end pay-to-play politics in Illinois, and we need to hold our elected officials accountable. I am committed to bringing transparency, ethics, and trust as the next Chair of the Kane County Board.