Thanks for shining light on Cherry Valley

Editor’s note: The following was addressed to Senior Assistant Editor Brandon Reid in response to his Jan. 14-20 article, “Attorney General Opinions Bureau: Cherry Valley village president should not also serve as budget director.”

Dear Mr. Reid,

It was with great interest that I read your article in The Rock River Times, especially the section about Assistant Attorney General Kristin M. Creel, chief of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s (D) Opinions Bureau, explaining “… based on common law principles which have been incorporated into Illinois law by section 1 of the Common Law Act …, a village president may not serve simultaneously as the village’s budget director, if the budget director is appointed under section 8-2-9.1 of the Municipal Code.” This opinion is also shared by Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato, as quoted in your article.

If Cherry Valley Village President James Claeyssen sees fit to appoint himself budget director and is also liquor commissioner and now is acting as temporary village administrator, it would seem the village may be taking the same path as Dixon, Illinois, in that he is building his own little dynasty and will be in total control of village monies. Not a good thing.

The auditors the village has been using have also stated that there were too few checks and balances when the president/budget director/temporary village administrator and the treasurer of the village are the only two people running the village.

Thank you, Mr. Reid, for all your work on this interesting article, and please keep the pressure on the village to ensure that everything is kept above board and in the best interest of the residents of Cherry Valley.

Susan Hillberry
Cherry Valley, Illinois

From the Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2015, issue

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