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Getting away with violations of public trust

Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

The Lee County state’s attorney will not bring charges against a former city engineer who spent $13,521.14 on personal expenses with a city-issued credit card.

A former village president borrowed money from a village fund.

A former mayor used the city’s credit card to pay for video poker to the tune of $1,400.

IRS employees even used government-issued credit cards to buy pornography online. 

What is wrong with this picture?

What we have here is an irresponsible, supra-legal power, individuals who violated the public trust. We are back to Roman law: the will of the prince is law. The individuals may return what they borrowed or used with or without permission. But it clearly indicates that reason, a sense of personal integrity, respect for a higher law, and discipline are missing. Only one of the above was indicted for official misconduct. 

What exactly are we teaching the present and future generations about respect for the law and order? There are principles to control human conduct: extra-legal forces, common sense (out the window, long gone), morality, the natural law.

Without discipline, we have anarchy and chaos. Does Illinois have a law to recall public and elected officials?

 

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