Watchdog group offers to put bite in citizens' bark
Concerned citizens who want to do more than worry can take part in a government oversight group’s “Citizen Watchdog Training” on May 6 in Effingham.
John Kraft and Kirk Allen of the Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW) have worked to hold local government officials accountable and, by exposing violations and illegal acts, say they have seen more than 200 elected officials and bureaucrats resign or removed from office.
Kraft and Allen will offer insight into how to follow in their footsteps and ensure that local officials spend the tax revenue they collect in a legal and transparent manner.
The training will cover sourcing publically available information from local governments using the Open Meetings and the Freedom of Information acts, as well as using other methods to watch for and uncover waste, fraud, abuse and corruption.
The event, sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, will take place in the Thelma Keller Convention Center’s Washington Room from 8 a.m. to noon. Those interested should RSVP to save their seats.
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Edgar County, IL, United States