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Report: What's the Matter with Milton Township?

Employees are fleecing taxpayers; Township Exposed to Big Liabilities; Township Attorney/Supervisor Admit to Lack of Basic Management Controls

Hinsdale, IL-   Investigating Milton Township, Adam Andrzejewski, Chairman of For the Good of Illinois PAC, has uncovered thousands in tax dollars spent on travel junkets and fine dining; thousands spent on gas purchases without receipts, mileage or travel logs; good evidence of township credit for personal use; and solid evidence that township cell phone and email were used for politics in the last couple of election cycles. 

Please read our full report on our website:  www.forthegoodofillinoispac.com

Then, Andrzejewski uncovered the potentially large township liabilities: 

Was a “secret surveillance” program installed?  Without legal opinion or board approval, the non-transparent process to install township building surveillance was so sloppy that it resulted in a price quote “…to record audio at the assessor’s desk”- unbeknownst to the assessor.

After surveillance was installed, were citizens secretly taped without notice?  Weeks after the cameras were live, Andrzejewski documents no notice or posting of surveillance.

Did township employees drink and drive in township vehicles?  The story is corroborated on township email. Where is the accountability and rules changes?

Lack of basic employee management control:  Mary Dickson of Bond-Dickson- the township attorney, and Township Supervisor Chris Heidorn admitted that Hinkle was a man without a time card, job activity report, or job description for the first eight years of his employment.

Mr. Ralph Hinkle was first hired by Milton Township in 2004 as a part-time employee making $16 thousand dollars a year. Since 2004, Hinkle has “morphed” into a full-time employee costing taxpayer's $304 thousand dollars over the last seven years.

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Wilbur July 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM
From everything I've seen and read, the ethics committee was bogus. Heidorn himself served on the committee -- gimme a break. Flickinger seemed to agree to end it all once he realized it was bogus. Even the Township's ethics complaints are handled unethically. I want to know more about operations at Milton Township. Isn't it true that when Heidorn rallies for help from his Milton Republican Committeemen to assist him, he usually gets it? Are those same committeemen standing beside him now?
Marcus July 22, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Time to petition for a special prosecutor.
Chris Heidorn's Ghost July 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Better yet, the democrat on the ethics committee turned republican and asked to fill the vacated seat of Chris Edwards. BTW, where is Chris Edwards and what does he know?
Deliver Us From Earl July 22, 2012 at 02:49 PM
No sooner than Flickinger learned his minion objectionable Assessor Bob Earl had no support, Milton officials and employees were subjected to intimidation campaigns for going against the "Great" Jim Flickinger's wishes.  For a while, I thought Flickinger was going to hold “Nuremberg-style” trails for those dastardly dissenters who resisted his self-serving edict. As far as Kmiecik, he's a big part of the problem because he's certainly not part of the solution. If Kmiecik was really interested in the Republican party this wouldn't be the way he would go about solving any alleged  issues. So it's one of three things with Kmiecik - 1. He's either not very smart, 2. He's a RINO, or 3. He's both -- You decide although I think you already know the answer.    
Deliver Us From Earl July 22, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Hey Wilbur, where do you get your information from? Mr. Ed or Mark Kmiecik? Believe me you'd get more accurate information from the former than the latter. Heidorn IS NOT part of the Milton Township Ethics Commission. The Commission is its' own independent ruling body that has its' own legal consul - different from the Township. So get your facts straight before you start writing things you have no knowledge of.
Deliver Us From Earl July 22, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Kmiecik you are the biggest RINO around -- you're not fooling anyone. Why do you think you can't get elected to anything and always come in dead last. The resident of Milton Township know what you are all about and they will never vote for you.  
Deliver Us From Earl July 22, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Chris Edwards knows Flickinger and Earl are the root cause of the problems in Milton Township.  And despite the lies Flickinger told in Andrew Andrzejewsk "tabloid blog" Edwards resigned because of the pressure put on him by Flickinger and Earl. Of course the tabloid reporter Andrzejewsk never spoke with Edwards to verify any of what Flickinger was saying was true. But you could, that is if you are interested in the truth, unlike Flickinger, Earl, and Kmiecik.
Chris Heidorn's Ghost July 22, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Have you spoken directly to Edwards? Will Edwards be willing to be deposed? If not, your statement is not relevant
Deliver Us From Earl July 22, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Here's a question that the public deserves an answer too.  When Mark Kmiecik was running for Wheaton City Council he was in Assessor Earl's office every day prior to the election. Now either Kmiecik is the biggest land owner in Milton Township or Earl was helping him with his campaign. There are no other explanation, even if Earl just provided Kmiecik space for his campaign, it's all very wrong,  unethical, and the taxpayers footed the bill for Kmiecik's dismal and losing election. How is this right? Where's Adam A or Jim Flickinger on this story? More than a little hypocritical wouldn't you say? One thing for sure is, you always have to be careful of the people bring the complaints. It reveals their biases and who knows better than someone who has done it before.  
The Usual Suspects July 22, 2012 at 09:19 PM
You know Mark, quit giving us links to a blogger who has an axe to grind with Milton Township because his partner, Hank Kruse who was soundly defeated by Chris Heidorn for Township Supervisor.  Why don't you answer the question that was presented to you. {{{ Why were you in Assessor's Earl's office every day for two months prior to the Wheaton City Council election, of which you were a candidate for.}}} It's a simple question, now how about supplying an answer because a lot of people in Milton are now asking the same question.  If you are the biggest land owner in Milton simply state that fact otherwise the taxpayers have every right to know the truth.  PS: Don't think for one minute people are buying your "don't blame me, I'm only the messenger." It's obvious you are trying to protect Earl, Flickinger, and yourself. But here's your chance to prove me wrong. So it's best we just know the truth now.     
Mike B. July 22, 2012 at 10:54 PM
So Mark Kmiecik was in Assessor Bob Earl's office "every day" during Kmiecik's campaign for Wheaton City Council? oh, THAT doesn't look suspicious at all...
Johnny Wadd July 23, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Under you logic, Jeanne Ives is a criminal!!! You folks are sick.
Heritic July 23, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Judging from the flurry of comments against Mark, he's struck a chord with the Heidorn and Hinkle crowd. Hey Mark, those bad apples are on the ropes, and blaming you. They're running scared; keep up what you're doing.
Spinner July 23, 2012 at 09:45 AM
Between you and me, Chris Edwards is the weak link in the affairs of Milton Township government. He knows enough, and is so scared that he could be the hinge pin in the prosecutions of the two H's. Edward's is just waiting to spill his guts. Oh, they're in deep s***.
Wilbur July 23, 2012 at 01:23 PM
So who was wearing the Chris Heidorn costume on that video? Who is the legal counsel for the Milton Township Ethics Commission?
Chris Heidorn's Ghost July 23, 2012 at 04:43 PM
XIII sounds alot like Dan Proft
Chris Heidorn's Ghost July 23, 2012 at 04:44 PM
It is always good to hear from XIII, aka Cicero Dan Proft.
Dr Know July 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM
How soon Flickinger forgets, what about the fact when Mark Kmiecik was running for Wheaton City Council he spent every day for 2 months in Assessor Earl's township office. Kmiecik must be the largest land owner in Milton Township because if he isn't, how else would Flickinger and Earl explain Kmiecik's presence in township offices every day prior to the election?  Could it be because it is widely rumored Bob Earl does the accounting for Flickinger's business and that Flickinger is the one that brought Bob Earl in to replace Gumm as assessor. After Gumm wouldn't play ball with Flickinger and give Flickinger political tax breaks on all his rental properties.  It's obvious Heidorn is fed-up with the lack of integrity and the divisiveness this duo has brought to the township. And last but certainly not least, why hasn't Flickinger reported that Assessor Earl is under an active DuPage County State's Attorney's  investigation for alleged assessment improprieties.  Seems like Flickinger is trying to run interference for his confidant Bob Earl and it also would explain Flickinger's baseless and reckless actions against the township. PS: Rumor on the street is Bob Earl already has his resume in at Brightstar.
Chris Heidorn's Ghost July 23, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Dr. I don't know. Where are your facts. That's right you have none. Not one of you knuckleheads have seen fit to address the charges. Why?? Because they are sourced with the townships own documents.
Wilbur July 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM
I don't give a hoot about political motivations and I don't know Adam Andrzejewski. I despise government waste and corruption. So how can anyone dispute the government records that he has posted? If the records are genuine, then Hinkle and Heidorn have some explaining to do. One cannot use government resources, including time and resources, for political purposes. Period. One cannot use government credit cards to live it up during a Springfield junket. Period. And anyone who approved of these expenditures and signed off on the expenditures must be held accountable. End of story. It's really that simple. Man up, people.
Mike B. July 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Was Jim Gumm the one-time Milton Township Assessor with the sexual harassment lawsuit and accusations against him? And the one who was "victimized" by his hired campaign consultant, who "deceived" Gumm by getting hundreds of fake signatures on his election petitions, which led to Gumm being off the ballot? Of course, Jim Gumm was innocent of all of the above. It must be nice to be innocent of so many things...
XIII July 24, 2012 at 02:06 PM
What does it mean to have character? It means having values. It means having a moral compass which sets clear parameters for what one will, and will not do. Character is all about knowing right from wrong. We often use the word integrity to describe a person of character, a person whose values and principles are above reproach. Whether Mr. Flickinger realizes it or not, his one-sided attacks on Milton Township are coming off just as they appear, a personal vendetta. Someone should ask Mr. Flickinger why he didn't report the fact he went through Mr. Hinkle's government office, storage locker, and van with a fine tooth comb and didn't find so much as a bumper sticker. It obvious that information doesn't fill Mr. Flickinger's purposes. Mr. Flickinger has a people blind spot, too many self-concerned extremist hanging around. Mr. Flickinger has closed his eyes to the Incompetence of Assessor Earl and is irate that Supervisor Heidorn recognizes a change is needed for the good of the township. Clearly Mr. Flickinger is enraged he is losing what little power and authority he has left. For us, character also means putting the greater good of the community ahead of self-interest. Its worry about "what is right" rather than "who is right." Character is that distinctive, unfiltered personal voice that cannot be faked or imitated. It is the core essence of who we are. Mr. Flickinger should take a long hard look at himself in the mirror.
Chris Heidorn's Ghost July 24, 2012 at 03:44 PM
XIII, What a bunch of fatuous nonsense. Your earlier posts are nothing but character assassianation and now you write about strong character. Please respond to the substance of the charges, documented from Milton Township itself.
Johnny Wadd July 24, 2012 at 04:06 PM
For XIII, character means only worry about "what is right" when that person is Jeanne Ives running for office, then it is OK to use township resources to get her elected. OR worry about "what is right" for the Republican party or Heidorn's CERT political operatives. The ends do not justify the means.
One Night On Soledade July 24, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Chris Hiedorn's Ghost - you have some nerve claiming any form of character assassination with the disrespectful screen name you are using. Furthermore, it's not character assassination when the comments are true about unprincipled and unethical iindividuals within Milton Township.
RH July 24, 2012 at 07:42 PM
A little birdie told me that XIII is the guy gunning for on of the jobs on Township - Assessor. The little boy hiding under XIII is Chris E. Levan, treasure of MTRCC and a full blooded Hinkle henchmen...
RH July 24, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Little birdie has told me that XIII is Chris Lavan
Donny McCoy July 24, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I was told XIII was Marty Keller Milton Township Trustee and Vice Chair. I also hear Keller wants the Assessor's job.
Chris Heidorn's Ghost July 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Which unethical individuals are you pointing at? Heidorn & Hinkle? Milton's own documents hang them.
Spinner August 03, 2012 at 10:54 AM
You're all wrong on who wants the assessor's job. In due time he'll reveal himself, and we'll all kick ourselves, saying I should have known.


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