Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Message From the Peru Township Independents
The Peru Township Independents are a group of four Peru Township residents who are dedicated to the task of challenging the incumbent elected officials of Peru Township in the upcoming local election on April 9th, 2013.
The Independent candidates and the positions they are running for are Travis Nelson for Township Supervisor and Art Rigby, Mary Landseidel, and Eddy Mitchell for Township Trustees. These Independent candidates have been researching Township records using the Freedom of Information Act for several months which have exposed a consistent and long-standing pattern of waste and abuse of tax dollars by current township officials.
The Peru Township Independents intend to reform the way Peru Township government is currently operated. That reform can only be achieved when a majority of current township officials are replaced by Independent or Republican challengers.
The Peru Township Independents will use every available forum to encourage Peru Township reform, including this blog. It is our intent to present information to inform the voters of what we have learned about Peru Township.
As Independent candidates we will be accessible during the upcoming campaign and will be glad to speak to the concerns of township residents. Please visit our website at www.reformperutwp.com
Below is just one example we have of the failure of the current Township Elected Officers and Township Trustees. Salaries continue to skyrocket and in the last 4 years General Assistance is almost non-existent.
Year Salaries General Assistance
2000 $131,003 $15,722
2001 $136,485 $27,373
2002 $147,989 $29,883
2003 $155,745 $39,907
2004 $155,420 $33,353
2005 $179,597 $30,727
2006 $170,619 $28,268
2007 $204,337 $14,356
2008 $204,337 $4,755
2009 $221,028 $2,450
2010 $241,371 $1,231
2011 $249,389 $2,398
Annual Financial Report State of Illinois Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka