Avon Township, IL. (ECWd) -
We have written about Avon Township Supervisor Terre Wilke several times, with the most recent article explaining how the alleged annual township meeting of the electors failed to comply with Illinois Township Law.
It was at this meeting that the electors "voted" to "ratify" the purchase of a house (which they do not possess the statutory powers to do) and then "voted" to sell the house owned by Avon Township to a non-profit operated by the Township Supervisor - an illegal vote because the meeting did not comply with state law, and there was no resolution adopted - the sale did not comply with provisions of the Township Code nor the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act, and because there was a conflict of interest.
Supervisor Wilke took action to transfer the real estate last week and submitted paperwork that appears to be forged to effectuate the real estate transfer with the county recorder. We used the word "forged" because he was not authorized by the township board to sign his name to transfer the real estate.
Read THIS ARTICLE for a detailed explanation of the alleged Annual Town Meeting of the Electors.
In addition to the previous article, the transfer of deed last week violated the Township Code all on its own, and the County Recorder of Deeds failed in their duty to demand compliance.
Section 105-10 of the Illinois Township Code sets forth certain requirements for deed transfers as follows:
- (60 ILCS 1/105-10)
Sec. 105-10. Deed. When any conveyance of real estate is made by a township, the deed shall recite the order of the township meeting directing the conveyance. The recital is prima facie evidence of the making and contents of the order. The deed shall be signed by the supervisor in his official capacity and attested by the township clerk unless the meeting ordered that the deed be made by some other officers or persons.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)
According to our copy of the deed, none of the above were completed, which should make it easier for the township to claw back that real estate either thru a civil lawsuit or thru an appeal to the county recorder of deeds.
We also suggest law enforcement investigate this real estate transfer as real estate theft and the evidence be presented to a Grand Jury.
We discussed this issue with an Avon Township Trustee and a member of their Finance Committee in the video below: