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Letter: City of Joliet trying to bully The Herald-News

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Joliet, Ill.
Mayor Bob O'Dekirk on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Joliet, Ill.

To the Editor:

I read with interest a letter to the editor from a Bloomington resident giving us a warning of the financial damage David Hales created in his city.

Once The Herald News had an article, the city of Joliet released a press release ripping into The Herald-News.

I say carry on, Herald-News!

Don’t let the mayor or city council bully you. Remember, YOU are the voice of the people!

Be a watchdog, check and double-check who the city hires and for how much.

The city of Joliet was deceptive with the press release claiming David Hales “found the bad guys.”

It was clear David Hales had NO interest in an audit and pushed back against then Bloomington council member Judith Stearns.

David Hales was forced into doing an audit, finally a year after it was first requested and then tried taking the claim for what was found.

Find Diane Sroka Benjamin of Bloomington on Facebook.

She is a local blogger that has a lot to say and a video from the April 2014 Bloomington City Council meeting where you can hear David Hales encourage the board to NOT do an audit.

I’m not saying this guy is bad, but I sure wouldn’t paint him to be Mr. Ethical like Interim Joliet City Attorney Chris Regis claims.

Not only has the city of Joliet hired him, it was at the top of the payscale.

What a bargain!

Taxpayers you should be up in arms about this hiring and demand that it be rebid and reconsidered. Call Mayor O’Dekirk and city council members to voice your complaint.

We the People have more to say on this matter!

If they go through with this hire, every move he makes should be scrutinized by The Herald-News and the taxpayers of Joliet.

David Talarico

Joliet

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