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McQuillan calls for county clerk's resignation

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:17 p.m. CDT
Bob McQuillan

GENEVA – Geneva resident Bob McQuillan called for the resignation of Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham on Wednesday at the Kane County Board's Human Services Committee meeting.

McQuillan, who ran for Geneva mayor and lost to Kevin Burns in 2013, detailed his dissatisfaction with Jeff Ward, former deputy clerk in the Kane County Clerk's Office, receiving about $11,300 in post-resignation severance pay.

"Was this taking care of a friend?" McQuillan said. "To me, $11,300 for less than 12 months of work is not a legitimate expense. The taxpayers need to know."

In addition, McQuillan claimed Ward violated election law before resigning by responding to an email from the Illinois State Board of Elections during county work time, while using his county email. State law and the county's own ethics ordinance forbid the use of taxpayer resources for political purposes. McQuillan then called for Cunningham's resignation.

"If [Cunningham] works for me, he is not working in my best interest," McQuillan said. "I can't understand how any county employee doesn't understand that the $11,300 is taxpayer money."

Cunningham said he would not immediately comment on the situation.

The Human Services Committee suggested that McQuillan take his request to the Public Services Committee instead. After the meeting, McQuillan said he walked over to Cunningham's office and asked for the resignation there.

"I'm not really sure of my next step, but I want to pursue this with the ethics adviser and State's Attorney's Office," McQuillan said.

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