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Amboy alderwoman resigns at meeting

Accusations against mayor in attorney general’s office

AMBOY – First Ward Alderwoman Deanne Hoy resigned from the council during its meeting Monday.

Hoy had been embroiled in a long-running dispute with Mayor Tom Nauman, culminating in a an incident that is still being investigated in Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office.

At a March council meeting, Hoy accused Nauman of striking her twice in the arm during a confrontation outside a local restaurant. During the meeting, the mayor did not respond to the accusation, but said disagreements over city water issues led to the confrontation.

After making the accusations against Nauman, Hoy had called for the mayor’s resignation.

The criminal investigation began in the Lee County Sheriff’s office, and the results were turned over to the Lee County state’s attorney. On April 25, State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said her office had decided there was not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against Nauman. After a meeting with Hoy later that day, however, Sacco-Miller said she would ask the state police to continue the investigation and send its results to Madigan’s office.

On Tuesday, Sacco-Miller said the investigation has made its way to the attorney general’s office.

“The results were sent to another prosecuting attorney, and we are still waiting to hear from the attorney general’s office,” Sacco-Miller said.

Nauman on Tuesday confirmed that Hoy had resigned, and said he wasn’t surprised.

“I had heard it was in the works for a while, but I didn’t know for sure until it was announced at the meeting Monday,” the mayor said.

Hoy and Nauman ran against then incumbent mayor Frank Mekeel in April 2012. Hoy, owner of Amboy Pharmacy, ran on a pro-business platform, saying the city should run more like a business. Hoy had served as president of the Amboy Chamber of Commerce.

Nauman, who had been an alderman for 3 decades, won the mayoral election with 30 percent of the vote, followed by Mekeel with 31 percent and Hoy 30 percent.

Nauman declined further comment on Hoy’s departure, saying that any more information would have to come from her.

Hoy did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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