Urbana, IL. (ECWd) –
Phyllis Clark, the current Urbana City Clerk and candidate for Clerk in the upcoming April 2021 election, apparently used her city office during a campaign ad, which also included a city employee, who appears to be on city time.
She can be seen talking about her office and the campaign while seated at her government desk.
Watch the video, it cannot be more clear:
The Illinois State Ethics Law and Urbana City Ethics Ordinance prohibit using public property and resources for campaign purposes.
Page 3 of the Ordinance defines, and page 5, Section 2-203 describes, Prohibited Political Activities. These include preparing for and campaigning for an elective office, and misappropriating city property and resources while engaging in prohibited political activity for the benefit of a campaign for elective office.
Section 2-209 (page 8) prescribes the penalties for violations of this Ordinance, which are a fine not to exceed $750, and are subject to discipline or discharge.
We suggest any interested voter or resident of the City of Urbana to file an ethics complaint with the City Ethics Officer referencing this electioneering video.
We asked the Clerk, via email for a statement on this allegation. She has not responded.
The published video is at this Facebook link (click here) – UPDATE: since publication of this article, her video has been removed from Facebook..