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Milton Township to Investigate if Employee Worked on Political Campaign During Business Hours

The matter has been sent to the ethics committee, but township supervisor calls allegations "groundless."

Republicans in Milton Township are exchanging charges that an employee has been doing political work during office hours.

Milton Township Supervisor Chris Heidorn is investigating township trustee James Flickinger’s charge that Ralph Hinkle, the executive director of the township’s emergency response team, has been campaigning on government time. Flickinger said he doesn't know which candidate—or campaign—Hinkle has supported. However, Jeanne Ives, one of four Republicans running for state representative in the 42nd District, said Friday Hinkle is one of her supporters.

Flickinger told Patch he requested information about Hinkle's use of office time and equipment after multiple township employees complained about Hinkle campaigning during business hours and using township property and resources to do so.

Heidorn referred the complaints against Hinkle to the township ethics committee, on which Ives served as a member. In his note to the ethics committee, Heidorn wrote that Flickinger’s complaints about Hinkle are “groundless,” but he felt the committee should still investigate the allegations.

Ives said she recused herself from the committee Tuesday after she read enough of Flickinger's letter to know there would have been a "perception of a conflict of interest."

"It's a politically motivated action (on the part of Flickinger)," Ives said. She added she is certain Hinkle will be cleared in the issue. "He has my full support," she said.

Flickinger said he lives in the 48th State Representative District, but that he is a recent friend of one of Ive's opponents in the March 20 primary, 42nd District candidate Chris Hage.

Flickinger said his complaint against Hinkle was not politically motivated, and that the issue of tracking an employee's use of time and equipment will not go away after the upcoming primary election. He also criticized Heidorn for addressing the issue in two public forums. He said Heidorn defended Hinkle during Tuesday's Milton Township Board of Trustees meeting and at a Wednesday night meeting of the Milton Township Republican Organization.

Hinkle deferred all questions to Heidorn. Multiple calls to Heidorn were not returned.

The primary is Tuesday, March 20. The Republican candidates for the 42nd State Representative District are: Dave Carlin, Hage, Ives and Laura Pollastrini. William Adams is the only Democrat running for the seat.

RH March 19, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Show the Records...
Gregg Slapak March 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Boys, boys! Keep it nice. I just do not support candidate Ives because she does not support equal rights for all. I do!
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) March 19, 2012 at 02:41 PM
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Sean Darkenmeaner March 19, 2012 at 04:33 PM
That fact the Heidorn admitted on March 14, 2012 that Hinkle planted at least one sign of Jeanne Ives on Township time, means that Jeanne cadet that does not "lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do" is tolerating Ralph Hinkle to steal tax payer dollars to do her politcal campaign. There is no honor to be found in Ives here. Shame on Hinkle, shame on Heidorn for not firing Hinkle, and shame on Ives for allowing this.
RH March 19, 2012 at 05:54 PM
See for your self http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/files/ethiccomplaint.pdf
Hank Kruse March 19, 2012 at 09:15 PM
The questions remain. What is Mr. Hinkle's job at Milton Township? What are his hours? How is he managed? Does he do political work on Township time?
Cath Anders March 20, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Not surprised by this at all...
The NKI March 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Jim - Has Hinkle done any real work since he started with the Township? I think we should just get rid of this layer of cronyism....although then we will have the Hinkles and the Falbos on Barack's foodstamp army....
Mark Kmiecik March 20, 2012 at 03:24 PM
The question remains again? What is Ralph's Job Description?. What are Ralph's Regular working hours? Who managing Ralph? And the major question - Does He engage in political work on Township time and use Township resources for said political work. It should be noted that these questions were being ask for a long time and ignored by the Township leaders. So, Jim, this is not "poppycock". It should also be noted, that there is no one on the township board, qualified to sit on the ethics commission now formed, due to systemic conflicts of interests. Any results from this commission will be tainted fruit. By the way, Jim, where are the records? Where are they?
Cath Anders March 20, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Fire his donkey butt!
jagtwlve March 23, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Heidorn's next move will be to get Ralph Hinkle out of there to make himself look good. To To Late Heidorn . You're the one that needs to go. You hired your friend that did what you wanted him to do. Finally this has surfaced. Flickenger bring it on. Milton Township needs to go. Investigation needs to go beyond Dupage County.
spinster March 24, 2012 at 02:40 AM
What happened to the open meetings act? Did Milton Township publish this in the paper? Heidorn, Ralph Hinkle and Chris Edwards put the heat on Jim Flickenger.The group has alot on Flickenger and will expose him if he didn't back off. Jim Flickenger had 4 houses and signed off that he was living in each one of them.. He got a Home Owner exemption on all 4 homes. How does that happen? No one checks. How about Mr. Doyle. Yes the Mr. Doyle that did the construction on the 634,000.00 remodel of the Milton Township building that Chris Heidorn gave his blessing to do.. Mr. Doyle Greddy, went to remodel his new home tore down 3 walls which would be considered a remodel when the third wall was up he tore the 4th wall down and got a new house out of it and a $900.00 break on his tax bill. What a break.I hope someone opens up this complaint because when there is smoke there is fire.. Ralph Hinkle needs to be exposed. Someone go back 4 more years and you will see what Ralph has been doing. He even tape recorded people on the phone talking to people. Get the phone records from McLeod who was Milton Townships phone service. Everyone knew what Ralph has been doing. Good job Heidorn but the show will go on. The paper or someone will catch on put the dots together. Jim Flickenger had to back off but the rest of us don't.
Mike B. March 24, 2012 at 03:22 AM
JAG: And isn't Milton Township where embattled assessor Jim Gumm got kicked out of over sexual harassment allegations..?
Jim the Used Car Guy March 24, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Time for you to call the guy you ripped off back. Stay out of Milton politics, it is bad enough without you. http://www.ripoffreport.com/liars/jim-mcmahon/jim-mcmahon-jim-sold-a-car-to-b018c.htm
Greg F. July 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM
OMG!!! Has anyone read the bombshell that came out about Hinkle and Milton Township??? If not take a look at this: http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2012/07/whats-the-matter-with-milton-township-part-ii.html#tpe-action-posted-6a00d834515c5469e201676878accc970b Seems that Ralph and Chris have a lot of explaining to do.

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