Should an Ethics Commission be formed in the Schiller Park School District to investigate the relationship between Roy F McCampbell, and his long time friend David C Stachura (currently the President of the SD81 School Board). David Stachura has been a voting member of a school board making decisions relating to formal complaints that have been filled against the school district by Roy McCampbell, and has in almost all cases voted in Roy F McCampbell’s favor. Does this not seem odd or inappropriate to anyone else? How much money has Mr McCampbell earned this way? Either Directly or indirectly.
Public corruption is the FBIs top priority among criminal investigations—and for good reason.
Public corruption poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. It impacts everything from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods protected…to verdicts handed down in courts…to the quality of our roads, schools, and other government services. And it takes a significant toll on our pocketbooks, wasting billions in tax dollars every year.
The FBI is singularly situated to combat this corruption, with the skills and capabilities to run complex undercover operations and surveillance.
Almost all states provide external oversight of their ethics laws through an ethics commission established in statute or in the constitution. In the states that do not have ethics commissions, oversight is provided through other state agencies such as the secretary of state or the office of the attorney general. Additionally, almost all state legislatures have some semblance of an ethics committee, which provides internal oversight on ethics rules and laws.
Ethics commissions represent the public’s interest and have a similar purpose: to ensure that groups under their jurisdiction follow state ethics laws. As regulatory entities, ethics commissions have various powers and duties, including investigating complaints of violations of ethics laws, providing advisory opinions to individuals under the commission’s jurisdiction, and offering ethics training. Many commissions have the power to prosecute and/or levy sanctions on the offender.
Ethics committees also ensure compliance with laws and rules and perform many of the same functions as commissions. Most committees only have jurisdiction over the legislature, but a few oversee lobbyist activities. Nearly all committees are composed of legislators only, making it imperative that committee members uphold the public’s trust.
Ethics Commission in the Schiller Park School District. (Its in the Board Policy)
Taken from – http://www.sd81.org/boe/documents/Sectiontwo.pdf
In order to effectively manage the receipt of complaints concerning violations of this policy, as soon as possible after a complaint is filed, the Superintendent shall appoint a 3-member Ethics Commission. If the Superintendent is the subject of the complaint, the Board President shall perform this duty. Commission members may be any District resident, except that no person shall be appointed who is related, either by blood or by marriage, up to the degree of first cousin, to the person who is the subject of the compliant. At the Commission’s first meeting, the Commissioners shall choose a chairperson from their number. Meetings shall be held at the call of the chairperson or any 2 Commissioners. A quorum shall consist of 2 Commissioners, and official action by the Commission shall require the affirmative vote of 2 members. The Commission shall have the following powers and/or duties:
1. To adopt procedures and timelines to manage a complaint and determine the complaint’s
2. To investigate a complaint and receive information pertaining to it.
3. To hold a meeting, upon not less than 48 hours’ public notice, with the complaining party and the person accused of violating the policy for the purpose of determining the complaint’s disposition. Both parties shall be given the opportunity to provide information concerning the complaint. The meeting may be closed to the public to the extent authorized by the Open Meetings Act.
4. To request the assistance of an attorney.
5. To issue recommendations for disciplinary actions and/or refer violations to the appropriate State’s Attorney for prosecution. The Commission shall, however, act only upon the receipt of a written complaint alleging a violation of this policy and not upon its own prerogative.
6. The powers and duties of the Commission are limited to matters clearly within the purview of this policy. If the Commission finds it more likely than not that the allegations in a complaint charging a Board Member or employee with violating this policy are true, it shall notify the appropriate State’s Attorney and/or recommend disciplinary action for an employee. If the complaint is deemed not sufficient, the Commission shall send by certified mail, return receipt requested, a notice to the parties of the decision to dismiss the complaint.
LEGAL REF.: 5 ILCS 430/1-1, et seq.
CROSS REF.: 5:120 (Ethics and Conduct)
ADOPTED: August 20, 2008
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A few State of Illinois laws directly relating to public corruption.
Receiving, retaining or agreeing to accept any property or personal advantage which he or she is not authorized by law to accept knowing that the property or personal advantage was promised or tendered with intent to cause to influence the performance of any act related to the employment or function of any public officer, public employee, juror or witness.
Soliciting, receiving, retaining or agreeing to accept any property or personal advantage which he or she is not authorized by law to accept pursuant to an understanding that he or she shall improperly influence or attempt to influence the performance of any act related to the employment or function of any public officer, public employee, juror or witness.
With intent to influence the performance of any act related to the employment or function of any public officer, public employee, juror or witness, promising or tendering any property or personal advantage
CC 720 ILCS 5/33-1
Class 2 felony
Max. 3-7 years imprisonment; max. fine $25,000
Willful filing of false or incomplete financial disclosure statement
Legislators engaging in lobbying
Legislators who participate in representation cases unlawfully
Engaging in prohibited political activities (state employees engaging in political activities during compensated time, state officials requiring them to do so)
Prohibited offer or promise (candidates and state officers promising jobs or other compensation in return for contributions)
Procurement; revolving door prohibition.
Fundraising in Sangamon County (during legislative session)
EC 5 ILCS 420/4A-107
EC 5 ILCS 420/2-101
EC 5 ILCS 420/2-104
EC 5 ILCS 430/5-15
EC 5 ILCS 430/5-30
EC 5 ILCS 430/5-45
EC 5 ILCS 430/5-40
Class A misdemeanor
Max. imprisonment 1 year; max. fine $2,500, or the amount specified in the offense, whichever is greater