DuPage Co. (ECWd) -
On, December 30th, 2015 we shared the filing of a criminal complaint against College of DuPage (COD) Trustees McGuire, Birt and Wozniak alleging criminal Official Misconduct and Intimidation as defined in the criminal code. That article can be read at this link.
Edward Franckowiak, a DuPage County resident, filed the formal complaint with the College of DuPage Police Department after a true run-around during his efforts of filing the complaint. We shared his story on that process in this article.
According to the records published below, Ken Tatarelis, Assistant DuPage County State's Attorney, and Norman Hall, investigator with the Dupage County States Attorney's office, have stated: "The State's Attorney's Office does not intend to pursue this complaint"
Even though COD Trustee Wozniak admitted to violating his duties under the law in a recent interview which he stated: "Our main reason for not going to meetings was because we didn’t like how things were happening back then", none of them will face Official Misconduct charges.
We understand that the State's Attorneys Office has prosecutorial discretion and suspect the cost of charging them and prosecuting them may be a major cost, thus a decision to drop the matter. That is our system of government, like it or not.
So what are the people to do when all indication are their elected officials are violating the law and prosecutions are a rarity?
Yes, you have to vote bad people out of office, as in all of them! When we allow people to stay in office when they ignore their obligations to the voters, we end up with a lawless society. The only way to hold them accountable is at the ballot box. The people's failure to listen to faculty and staff at COD for years is the primary reason we saw the problems at COD, however, the culture that we are seeing statewide is one of lawlessness or minimization of what constitutes a crime worthy of prosecution. Only the citizen's involvement in their local government will change that mindset and change the direction of our society.
COD is a prime example of how to fix things and we suspect years from now will become the model that is taught to students on how you fix a broken system. That education should take place in civics classes throughout the state... assuming we still teach civics.
Although the State's Attorney has chosen to not pursue prosecutions at COD on this matter, there are still numerous criminal investigations taking place with their office as well as the FBI. Only time will tell if the public's trust in the system is refreshed or further decayed.
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