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EDITORIAL posted March 6, 2014
This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president. There apparently has been a run on the sales of axes in DeWitt County over the past few months, because a lot of people in county and city government have an ax to grind.
It all started with the electorate listening to too few people in the fall of 2012, and electing a host of DeWitt County Board members on just one issue. While the County Board has no say over whether P-C-B's can be stored in the Clinton Landfill, apparently some people that ran for the County Board, thought they could change the minds of the federal and state governments, and ran on that platform. It got them elected, so they brought their axes to the County Board, and we see the result....a room full of people with axes to grind. And, in the year plus that they've been in office, DeWitt County government has turned into either entertainment at our expense....literally....or the laughing stock of Central Illinois. You get to choose whether it's one or the other, in the upcoming March 18th primary.
The sale of axes apparently has caught on now in Clinton City Government. Mayor Carolyn Peters, the former head of the city-owned Doctor John Warner Hospital board, has not re-appointed hospital board members that were on when she became mayor, and instead appointed her own hand-picked board members. These board members have come to board meetings with axes to grind, one of which is the hospital administrator Earl Sheehy whose contract was not renewed in late February. This after Sheehy has turned the city-owned hospital from a revenue deficit, to a surplus so far this hospital fiscal year, of some 790-thousand dollars. Several axes were used to get rid of him.
We don't know if there are enough axes in DeWitt County, to provide everyone with an ax to grind, but I sincerely hope the run on axes comes to an end, and soon, for the betterment of the citizens. It's the WRONG reason to serve in any public office.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Posted February 11, 2014
In January the Clinton Chamber of Commerce and the residents of Clinton voted Dove as the Non for Profit business of the year!! We just wanted to thank everyone who supports Dove.
We at DeWitt County Dove would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce and the residents of Clinton for honoring Dove with this prestigeous award. Because of the wonderful support we receive from the Clinton community, we are able to serve those who are affected by domestic violence. Thank you very much!
Jennifer Tolladay (DeWitt County Coordinator)
Megan Neaville (DeWitt County Outreach Specialist)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Posted February 1, 2014
The Dewitt County Jail is staffed with professionals who are committed to running a safe, constitutional jail.
In the interest of fairness, it's necessary to point out that Mr. Pirlot's letter is full of lies. Mr. Pirlot was incarcerated for a domestic battery case. During the time he was incarcerated, he was criminally charged for damaging county property. Mr. Pirlot's "trustee" status was revoked because he violated numerous jail rules. In fact, Corrections Officers compiled 35 pages of disciplinary records against Mr. Pirlot. That is not "good behavior".
This Sheriff's Office was one of the first in central Illinois to establish a social networking policy to regulate employee use. Any violation of that policy is taken seriously.
Our jail also has an established grievance procedure for inmates to file complaints against staff, or for any other reason. Those complaints are carefully preserved, documented, and investigated thoroughly. The grievance process is one of the points inspected regularly by independent authorities, including the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Illinois Department of Corrections, and the Cook County Sheriff's Office.
Mr. Pirlot did not enjoy serving his sentence in our jail. I am fine with that. I'd be happy if he learned from the experience and did not return.
This Sheriff's Office has a professional, devoted staff dedicated to keeping the public safe. We will continue to concentrate on that mission.
DeWitt County Sheriff
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Posted January 30, 2014
My name is Justin Pirlot and I was recently incarcerated in the Dewitt Co. Jail in Clinton, IL. for 11 months. I am now currently released but despite my release I am writing you this to announce and plead my grievances about how all inmates locked up in Dewitt Co. Jails facility (federal detainees and state charged inmates) are being and have been treated unjustly by the disrespect of the correctional officers that are employed there whom work ethnics are highly unprofessional and inappropriate
Two and a half months out of my 11 month incarceration in the Dewitt Co. Jail I earned a trustee worker position due to my continuous good behavior; so therefore I was not a problem inmate.
Being a trustee worker consists of being Dewitt Co. Jails janitor / maintenance person where we have the privilege to roam around freely pretty much the entire jail to perform our work duties. And along with them responsibilities we are constantly in the presence of the correctional officers whom work in that facility. So the information and accounts thereof that I am about to disclose and provide you with are not frivolous accusations and are in fact accurate and honest (camera footage will support a lot of what I am about to reveal – specific times and dates of each incident).
On Thursday Febuary 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm. a correctional officer was sitting at the control desk in inmate housing browsing the internet on the computer and on her facebook page messaging when she’s suppose to be observing the pods (that’s where inmates are housed) for the security of that facility and for the safety of inmates.
At around that same time and date (feb. 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm.) a correctional officer was in her office with the door closed, sitting in her chair with her feet on her desk asleep.
And also at around that same time and date, a correctional officer that works in the jails main central control room was sitting there watching a television program on the 42” flat screen t.v. that is in the central control room, while at the same time she was watching t.v. she was also on her facebook page on the computer… So when she’s occupied with doing non-work related things, how is she monitoring and maintaining all the security camera monitors for the safety and security of the entire Dewitt Co. Jail facility…?
On Saturday febuary 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm, a correctional officer was sitting at the control desk in inmate housing browsing the internet on the computer paying absolutely no attention to his surroundings nor to any inmate movements or activities…
Monday febuary 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm. a correctional officer was seated at the control desk in inmate housing browsing the computers internet while her co. worker working with another officer, was sitting next to her text messaging on her cell phone…
I do understand that these times and dates are months + old but I can keep going on and on because these few incidents that I just revealed are a “EVERY SHIFT” and “EVERY SINGLE DAY” occurrence and has been for years! Every single correctional officer employee that works in Dewitt Co. Jail ( first shift, second and third shift) sit around their entire shift text messaging on their cell phones, browsing the computers internet, getting on their facebook pages, watching movies on the computers, playing computer games, watching youtube videos, etc… When they have a sworn oath, a moral obligation and a ethic responsibility to conduct and foresee the safety of all inmates held in that jail and for the security of that facility.
I also have somewhat up-to-date times and dates of these same officers constantly doing the same non-work related pass times (and these are 3 months later… A every shift and every single day occurrence). And there are security cameras facing all around the officers control desk in inmate housing observing the officers conduct so all you have to do is go back and review all the camera footage and you will witness for yourself exactly everything I just attested to and more.
May 1, 2013 at 12:15 am. a correctional officer was browsing the internet and watching movies on the computer in inmate housing throughout her entire shift.
May 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm. a correctional officer was browsing the internet throughout her whole shift.
May 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm. a correctional officer again was watching movies on the computer and text messaging on her cell phone in inmate housing during her shift.
May 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm. a correctional officer yet again was text messaging on her phone while also watching movies on the computer in inmate housing.
May 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm. a correctional officer was browsing the internet throughout her entire shift yet once again.
May 15, 2013 a correctional officer was on and off the computers internet in inmate housing throughout his entire shift.
That same day (May 15) a correctional officer was on the computers internet browsing his facebook page and also watching Youtube videos.
Like I previously said, all this is a every single day, and every single shift occurrence, which ceases to stop even though it all has been brought to the attention multiple times to the Dewitt Co. Jails Administrator Mrs. Betty Smith (and if she denies any knowledge of knowing, that means she’s failing to do her job. And if knowing, she fails to do her job. So either way, she is failing to do her job as a jail administrator). Ms. Smith is suppose to be in charge of that entire facility but yet throughout her entire shift she coups herself up in her office browsing the internet on her office computer and getting on her facebook page and text messaging on her cell phone… Jail administrator Ms. Betty Smith will tell you that there is no internet access hooked up to the computers throughout that entire facility but all you have to do is go back and check the camera footage or just check the history box in every computer and all the proof will be right there that every officer on every shift are not doing their jobs and are indeed jeopardizing the safety and the security of that entire facility.
And not just the facility; also compromising the safety and security of that surrounding communities. A few years ago a federal detainee inmate escaped out of Dewitt Co. Jail (which was all over the news) because the correctional officers at that time were not doing their jobs in the same manner(s) which I just revealed that these correctional officers now are not doing theirs. Just the total disrespectfulness, unprofessional manner in which them correctional officers address inmates and how they talk/treat to inmates is going to one day cause a huge uproar/riot within the walls of that facility. So far they have been lucky that it has not happened yet. But one day their luck’s going to run out and they’re going to come across disrespectfully to an inmate housing unit full of inmates who have had enough of their unprofessional conduct and whom have absolutely nothing to lose because they’re facing life in prison anyway ( a man can only take so much because every man has a breaking point). Then them c/o’s are going to have a big problem on their hands.
And that is why this letter is being written so it is well aware of what’s going on in Dewitt Co. Jail for when that day does come (which it one day will) there will be a lot of explaining to do that cannot be denied of any knowledge because now you know.
All that really has to be done is a walk through of that jail and visit every inmate housing unit and talk to all the inmates about their complaints, issues and grievances and you will be surprised at what’s going on in that facility and what the c/o’s are getting away with. There’s a computer kios machine in the jails library where the inmates type and submit their grievances and complaints but nothing’s ever said again about them grievances nor done about them and the grievances just disappear without any investigation, no explanation, nor disciplinary action… And the inmates are not allowed copies of their grievances so therefore there is no evidence that they even existed.
But the inmates know they exist because the c/o’s whom the grievances pertain to retaliate. That’s why majority of inmates incarcerated in the Dewitt Co. Jail are afraid to speak up about what goes on in there because they have seen the officers wrath and what they are capable of (For example: Placing inmates in segregation for frivolous accusations for week or months… Ignoring our requests and needs… Not giving inmates their incoming mail and not sending out their outgoing mail… Denying an entire pod their hour rec. time because one inmate on that pod submitted a grievance on a officer… Etc… Purposely making a so called “defiant” inmates time in Dewitt Co. Jail very difficult all because he went about proper procedure and wrote a grievance on a officer that was in the wrong and brought it to atention.
Moralistically and ethnically I and a lot of others feel that this facility is not run properly nor professionally and a lot of drastic measures have to be made and changed for the better… Thank you for your time.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Posted January 14, 2014
As a taxpayer of Clinton, I am more than displeased with City Officials and the recently storm sewer contracted work!
It is simply not acceptable to leave the roads of/around West Jefferson St in the condition they are!! I recently bought a new car and now I have myself questioning why, before these roads were done since it is causing unnecessary wear and tear. Should I send my car maintenance bills to the City? I was in and out of my house several times yesterday running errands, dropping kids off, and picking kids up and by the 3rd trip down my road I was infuriated! Trying to maneuver around all the huge potholes on my road and not bottom out my new car! It’s also ridiculous they have left the sand/rock/pipes piled up in front of people’s homes, especially on the corners where it dangerous and you cannot see. And I certainly do not understand “the rock has to settle before they can do anything” claim because potholes are filled all year long in surrounding cities as well as some road paving.
Yesterday, I decided to use my alley and just park in my garage and after about the 2nd time of that I was equally infuriated. There is little to no rock and I sank in the mud/melted snow each time and then my garage and car were full of mud! Maybe the City could pay for the numerous car washes that are needed? There have been requests for rock in specifically my alley by myself, my landlords, and surrounding neighbors for at least 2 years and still NO ROCK has ever been put in the alley, they come through and simply grate it which lasts until it rains again. Is the rock for alleys hard to come by or do you need better directions to the address?
I also do not understand why it is more important the City to make sure there is a roof over the stage on Mr. Lincoln’s square, that is used maybe 4 times a year, compared to saving wear and tear on peoples cars by keeping potholes filled and removing sand/rock/pipes from corners so you can safely proceed to an intersection.
I know I am not the only voice you have heard from on this issue, so what will it take to just get them to keep up the maintenance of at least filling the dang holes?! The least the City can do is make sure the contractor keeps the potholes filled at all times, if we must wait!
If you haven’t driven your cars down it I encourage you too, and tell us how many times it would take to infuriated you?!