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CHA-CHA-KA-CHING, Taxpayer Approved

Double-Dip Trip where we taxpayers got clipped, FOIA the Hip “HD-PCTV-mini” Chip, and you get Zip

Documents I recently received through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the KC Coroner's office and County Board Administration reveal:

  • Double charging for auto expenses by a coroner's office employee following a training trip - cost to taxpayers --  Is this a one time issue or ongoing?
  • Purchase by a county employee of an electronic device from a local hardware store to allow TV programs to be watched on computers. Is this used during work hours?  By whom?
  • Ignoring of County policies and procedures put into place to stop financial mismanagement.

 

http://yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/kckoronerklimek.pdf

Above is another example of wasteful and unmonitored  spending by our county board where “itemized receipts” were intentionally withheld by yet another county-wide elected official, this time it is Kendall County Coroner, Ken Toftoy, (current Kendall County GOP Chairman) who is the elected official responsible for the questionable county coroner’s office expenses and credit card charges incurred by Kendall County Taxpayers. In this government transaction found, not only did we pay to put gas in Kendall County Deputy Coroner Mike Klimek’s car three times on this St. Louis “Training” trip, for a total of $211.00, (See page 4 of 25, pages 9, 10, and 11 of 25 for gas receipts that total $211.00) but we, the county taxpayer, were also soaked three days later for this same “training” trip again by Deputy Coroner, Mike Klimek. Mike claimed an additional $260.00 for 520 miles of mileage for this exact same “training” trip to St. Louis. (See Pages 1, 2, 3 of 3) http://yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/kckoronermileage.pdf We taxpayers were required to pay twice for one ”training” trip.

I am not aware of any private sector company that pays their employees for both gas and mileage for employee training trips, nor does the IRS recognize this practice. I asked one former county board member about this practice on Saturday and his response was that it was highly unusual. It now appears it was acceptable with Mrs. Purcell. She also looks to be the one responsible for withholding the itemized credit card receipts for this voucher. Mrs. Purcell clearly is one party responsible for submitting the “double dip” $1259.36 “training” credit card voucher, which she signed off on 4-21-2011;(page 3 of 25) three days after Mr. Klimek already had submitted his 4-18-2011 “mileage” voucher for $260.00. Mr. Klimek knowingly pumped the gas and consciously charged the gas on the county credit card. Then Mr. Klimek submitted the $260.00 mileage voucher after pumping the gas, which in my opinion shows a purposeful effort to take advantage of us, county taxpayers.

Where is the county elected official oversight and review? Ken Toftoy is ultimately responsible for the bills generated and submitted by his employees, but where is he at and what is he doing?

Please note the Kendall County Board Finance Committee only reviewed the four-page voucher that included the $1259.36 in charges and the three page 4-4-2011 FIRST BANKCARD Credit Card summary statement. (Pages 3, 4, 5 and 6 of 25) Note all the original itemized receipts for this credit card bill were exclusively retained at the Kendall County Coroner’s Office. (Page 6 of 25 and for a different 4-4-2011 credit card summary bill, page 25 of 25) Those itemized receipts for this monthly credit card bill, the ones that were actually itemized receipts, were not made available for county board review by the Coroner’s Office. The Kendall County Finance Committee did not actually review any itemized receipts for this particular claim because the receipts in question were all still at the coroner’s office, yet during this monthly meeting, this claim was approved for payment. A violation of the 3-8-2008 Invoice Submittal:Procedures and Documentation Policy,

http://www.yorkvilleinsider.org/sheriff/brdreqfreceipt.
[See page 11 of 12 for county policy, also see page 2 of 12 (9-20-2010 Sheriff
Dept. memo) and page 12 of 12 (11-3-2009 elected official’s memo)]

This county “itemized receipt” policy http://www.yorkvilleinsider.org/sheriff/auditfind122707.pdf  ) has been ignored by both the Kendall County Sheriff’s Dept. and Mrs. Purcell’s husband, the former 2006-2010 Kendall County Board Finance Committee Chairman. John Purcell is now our current Kendall County Board Chairman. It is again and now appears to be an ongoing problem for us county taxpayers and this practice of elected officials withholding itemized receipts continues unabated.

Another example, on this very same bill, seen on Page 14 of 25 is where only the signed composite credit card charges were submitted by Mr. Klimek for credit card charges on 3-14-2011 at Carmine’s Steak House for $54.50 and on 3-16-2011 at the Brewhouse for $34.46. See Summary Credit Card entries, line item 6 of 17, and line item 10 of 17 on page 4 of 25. These two composite credit card charges were also submitted by Mrs. Purcell and Coroner Ken Toftoy with no itemized receipts. This oversight error could not have been caught because all of the itemized receipts for this trip were exclusively retained and were only on file at the coroner’s office. Since these itemized transactional receipts were not made available to the county finance committee that additional layer of required oversight became impossible. Please note the intent of this policy was to correct a problem identified by the county auditor, Tonya Mack, in Dec. 2007. This “Itemized Receipt” requirement was approved by a majority vote of the Kendall County Board on 3-4-2008 and has been formally adopted to be the current county accounting policy. The intent was to promote public trust in our county government.

(Page 12 of 12, 3rd to last paragraph) http://www.yorkvilleinsider.org/sheriff/brdreqfreceipt.pdf

Why was an employee at the Kendall County Coroner’s office, where this credit card bill was exclusively filed, allowed to circumvent official County Accounting Policy? Why was the “itemized receipts” kept exclusively on file at the Kendall Coroner’s Office? Why was the only copy of this credit card bill on file for retention at the Kendall Coroner’s Office? It took my FOIA request to get this bill released to the sunlight of public review. Again, here are county auditor’s 2007 findings for obtaining “itemized receipts” for county employee credit card transactions.

(Page 2 of 2, http://www.yorkvilleinsider.org/sheriff/auditfind122707.pdf)

 This Kendall County Board Policy has never been fully adhered to or enforced.

(Page 11 of 12 http://www.yorkvilleinsider.org/sheriff/brdreqfreceipt.pdf)

Please note it was Jacquie Purcell, the wife of County Board Chairman, John Purcell, that is the sole person who signed the $1259.36 Klimek credit card voucher, which included the three tanks of charged gas. (Page 3 of 25) John Purcell was the Kendall County Board Finance Committee Chairman from 2006 to 2010; the person the Kendall County Board entrusted to enforce this 3-4-2008 policy and implement the county auditor’s Dec. 2007 findings/recommendations. Now that Mr. Purcell is Kendall County Board Chairman, one can only guess what else is being paid with taxpayer money, without required itemized receipt documentation provided by the Kendall County Coroner’s office.

However, http://yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/kckoronernoresp.pdf who needs a credit card when you have an open county charge account at the Ace Hardware/Radio Shack stores in both Yorkville and Oswego owned by Kendall County Board Chairman, John Purcell. The link provided above is the purchase documentation for a very recent charge made by Kendall County Coroner, Ken Toftoy, at the Yorkville Ace/Radio Shack store on 3-15-2012. Also, please note that the FOIA Reply received on 8-24-2012 (Page 3 of 8) states that this recently purchased electronic item apparently no longer exists. Kendall Coroner FOIA Officer, Jacquie Purcell, declared that there are not any government records for this electronic item or apparently any other electronic items. Please note that in my FOIA request (Page 1 of 8) that I did ask for a complete inventory for all electronic assets possessed by the coroner’s office, and again, the 8-24-2012 FOIA Coroner’s Office reply was deemed non-responsive to my formal, written request for electronic assets owned by the coroner’s office.

Please see and review the 3-15-2012 Ace Invoice # 142799 (page 7 of 8) which was charged on the open ACE/Kendall Coroner’s Charge Account. This receipt is for three electronic items, two items purchased were for some type of laser pet toy and then a much larger purchase was labeled as “PCTV-HD MINI.” Below is the link for this distinctive electronic device purchased at Yorkville Ace/RadioShack on the open Kendall Coroner’s ACE “in-store” charge account. Please note and read the “Pinnacle” brand product description for this specific and unique electronic device, (click to see what its primary function is and what it actually does) then I would encourage you to read some of the product purchaser’s/users reviews for this electronic device to see how it actually functions.

http://www.amazon.com/Pinnacle-22427-PCTV-Mini-Stick/dp/B001PBKJ9U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345227075&sr=8-1&keywords=pinnacle+pctv+usb

My question is why the coroner’s office needed to purchase this PCTV-HD MINI electronic device? What exactly is the specific government need? It makes me wonder if someone at the Kendall County Coroner’s office has so much under utilized time on his or her hands that one feels the need to watch HD-TV on his or her PC or Laptop to help lull the time away while there on the job. After all, when Republican patronage employee, Matt Prochaska, was hired to take Mrs. Purcell’s place from 6-10-2011 to 10-28-2011, Matt Prochaska publicly stated and put it in writing that he only logged 20 hours a week while Mrs. Purcell was absent and was receiving ghost payrolling benefits in 2011. This recent disclosure was made in the comment section by Mr. Prochaska of my last Patch blog. Mrs. Purcell is salaried, currently scheduled to work 40 hours a week and is a full-time county employee with very generous county benefits where her medical benefits alone cost county taxpayers $12,224.44.

 

The question now becomes, who is the one watching HDTV on their county computer and for how many hours a week, is it coroner Ken Toftoy or Admin. Deputy Coroner Purcell?

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Todd Milliron September 11, 2012 at 01:24 AM
@Got dupe You heard right. There is substantial and considerable mail-it-in-entitlement arrogance, spending waste and incompetent mismanagement within the current Kendall County Coroner's office. An elected office ran by 20-year incumbent Ken Toftoy, who has never faced any review of his office or spending scrutiny during any general election these past 20 years. There is no problem in making a 20 percent cut from the Kendall County Coroners office's proposed FY13 budget. It can be done EASY, without having to make any sacrifice in needed services for those who must face the death of a loved one or the sudden loss of life. Where is that “Staples-Easy Button,” all one has to do is vote, “Ya that was EASY.” Got duped, it starts with your informed vote, and then making that conscious decision to tell others, what you know. Please help inform others and share the information you know as fact. You as a voter now have a cost effective option for Kendall County Coroner, his name is Mike Dabney, exercise that option, let’s send a message to other elected officials at school board, township and city/village levels of government as their turn is next in Spring 2013. Open up your email address book, then share with others. You now have a true choice in candidates; compare and contrast, decide whom you will vote for. Make a commitment to yourself to talk with others, they too will value your opinion, and they too will pass on the information you have learned and shared.
Got duped September 11, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Tim, Maybe you should know who you're insulting before you insult them. You are not helping your candidate by insulting everyone that makes a comment that is not to your liking. To answer you question, NO he did not explain what the $18k was for UNTIL AFTER the committee did the math on his hack job of a budget plan!! Why is it not in the report, Tim?? If he "knew" he would have that large of a surplus why not put it in the report in black and white, w/o the members having to pick his thoughts out of his brain?? Why does the head guy look "lost" and seems like he's "winging it" the whole time. It looks very unprofessional to "our lil 'ol association!"... So congrats Tim, ur candidate will now have our FULL attention!
Tim September 11, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Aside from the fact that you are obviously incredibly new to even looking at the office, lets pretend for just one second that what is in your field of perception is all that reality actually consists of. Otherwise, its going to be hard for you to accept that this was discussed LAST YEAR. You must have missed the part where the board member was aware of this expense BEFORE Toftoy even stated it in your video. The head guy might look 'lost' to you, because you have a problem decoding body language in social situations, and are externalizing your own inner shortcomings onto others. See! It's fun to just throw around accusations without any proof whatsoever.
Kevin Wagner September 11, 2012 at 02:09 AM
It is difficlult to know who you are insulting when you hide behind a "nom de plume"
Got duped September 11, 2012 at 04:10 AM
@That guy who seems to be very angry all time, I may not be a political "lackey" like yourself but the video is pretty clear. Regardless, you have your opinion, just like I have mine. I will make my choice along with, my "lil 'ol association" members that live in the township with one of the highest tax rates, that will read this blog and look at the video. I've noticed ALL of your comments are negative which sounds like you're not just happy with your life. At least Jake, who also didn't fully agree with my comments, but simply stated his point without all the nonsense. I say that not as a jab but as a "newbie" who just happened to stumble on this blog and voiced his opinion. Enjoy your life online. BTW, @that other guy who wants to use a long word to say something simple, I'm glad you have access to Wikipedia!! @Todd, regardless of what your motivations are keep bringing the DOCUMENTED facts to the table! People like me are watching but probably won't respond because of the weirdos on here, but we will VOTE!!
Travis McGee September 11, 2012 at 01:55 PM
LOL at the Bill Engvall reference! Although I think Jeff Foxworthy might be more appopriate in this instance... If you believe that it is acceptable to dine lavishly on meals of Filet Mignon and Escargot while attending training events, you just might be a Ken Toftoy supporter. If you believe that it is acceptable for employees in your office to pay for gas with a county credit card while subsequently billing the taxpayers for mileage, you just might be a Ken Toftoy supporter. If you believe that it is unnecessary for county officials to track the sick leave and vacation time of their subordinates and then grant whatever paid maternity leave their subordinate requires, you just might be a Ken Toftoy supporter. If you believe in cronyism; that you should hire your friends in county positions and spend taxpayers' money in their businesses (yep, when I need to purchase bottled water, the first place I think of to buy it is John Purcell's Ace Hardware store), you just might be a Ken Toftoy supporter. Thank you very much. I'll be here all week. Try the veal and don't forget to tip your coroner.
Jake Delrose September 11, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Todd's taking credit for a guy who needed to leave from a harassment suit. This is rich! "I do know we have a new Chief Deputy at the Sheriff's Dept for a reason and several folks helped to identify those reasons, I am not the only one who wants to take to task those in-elected office that feel they are entitled at the expense of the property taxpayer." Don't break your arm trying to pat yourself on the back, Campaign Manager Milliron.
Jake Delrose September 11, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Todd, And who are you talking to Mr. Zahm or me? We are not the same person and if you need clarification, you can name the place and you'll see. Then your paranoid delusions will really kick into high gear!
Jake Delrose September 11, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Mr Zahm, Just had to look up the difference between the two and here they are: In common law jurisdictions, Slander refers to a malicious, false,[not specific enough to verify] and defamatory spoken statement or report. Libel refers to any other form of communication such as written words or images. Libel is the winner in this case. Seems like Todd and Stephen have crossed the line on this, by making baseless claims, in the form of an accusatory question. Somebody could have an issue here since it's all posted online. Now that could be Game Over Man! Who will finance Dabney now? or another candidate? Milliron could be broke! What will all of those evil politicians do since we wouldn't have Mr. Milliron to protect us with all of the FOIA requests? The Calamity!
Jake Delrose September 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
180 of those viewings by Todd.
Jake Delrose September 11, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Got Duped, This is not a very high number for discretionary funds. Run a business and that number can remain there until it is used. If it is not used it remains there like a line of credit to cover unforeseen costs related to operations. Now the question should be was the money used? And what for? From budget year to budget year, it has to remain in the budget unless used. If you remove it, it will have to go to another budget, in another department and that can potentially short that budget in case an issue comes about from that department that has been shorted. Then let's say you have a problem in that department say a car goes dead. That money is now gone and then we have to wait to allocate the funds again when it should have been there to avoid issues. That's why we need it in the budget and that goes with any budget.
Stephen Youhanaie September 11, 2012 at 06:06 PM
@ Travis....lmao
Stephen Youhanaie September 11, 2012 at 06:09 PM
@ Travis ...LOL!
Jake Delrose September 12, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Nice? That's some tough friends he has in his circles. Nice is not the word I would use. One question: If the guy has been in there for over 20 years, where have all you critics been the past 2 decades? That's how you know you have band wagon participants in the complaining department from the author and his Cool Aid drinking parrots. They just repeat the same complaint and it sticks to the wall like jello!
Jake Delrose September 12, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Tim, Don't give such strong facts to Yo-yo. He will just post the video again thinking that it validates his argument. And I am still trying to understand what video his is watching. I think it's the Todd Milliron edited copy because Yo-yo keeps leaving specific sections out of his argument or the details.
Jake Delrose September 12, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Hey Travis, I gotta good one here for you If you support a candidate that has a foreclosure on his record, all while jabbing your opponent on fiscal responsibility, You might be a Michael Dabney voter/campaign manager/financier. If you cost the county thousands of dollars for FOIAs for witch hunts that lead to ruining the challenger's name and losing an election disastrously for him, You might be a Michael Dabney voter/campaign manager/financier. This is pretty good! I enjoy this!
Jake Delrose September 12, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Hey got duped, Just remember my name is Jon Zahm/ Jake Del Rose to Mr. Milliron. Hey Milliron! Have some respect and spell my last name correctly. Delrose. Just remember about those "DOCUMENTED facts" You must understand fully the scope of the office and relationships with the board members. From what I hear, Ken has little likeability from several board members and it has nothing to do with his ability to do the job. Several individuals lost elections and are heading out of office and they blame him directly. So, under the bus you go to Mr. Toftoy, as some of those board members are doing. Look at the frustration on this guys face that is caused by this board. He knows these people will be gone and understands they are getting their last jabs in. Now who is going to deny that story? No One Will! Because its the truth. This has nothing to do with line items or steak dinners. Again, this budget is no larger than the top high school administrator in Yorkville and all of this is because someone has a grudge and has twisted stories to the point of this whole article being a libel suit against someone.
Jake Delrose September 12, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Milliron, Your looking up out of the hole not down in it....From a different perspective outside the hole looking at the one shoveling it and it's not dirt.
Jake Delrose September 12, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Milliron, Is your accusation, of Mr. Klimek, stating that since the bill was not itemized and it was late at night(10:30pm is not late for me) and supposedly he was feed at an event for the training, He was drinking and charged it to the county? Are you sure he made the dinner event at the training seminar? And are you accusing him of unprofessional conduct? Now think about what you are about to say or not say, it could cost you here. Back to you Todd.
Jake Delrose September 12, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Lookie here... http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/images/hotels/stlrs/Food_3.19.12.pdf Seems Mr Story teller has made up another story. The Brewhouse at the hyatt. Looks like they have wonderful food there. Not to expensive and price nicely in a major city hotel! Yes they do have drinks but from what it looks like that is a very low bill (Mr. Klimek submitted) that would have drinks on it to plus gratuity..... No it does not pass the smell test here Todd. Try again! Game Over Man!
Jake Delrose September 12, 2012 at 05:50 AM
And pertaining to my hours posting, Todd. If your are insinuating that I do not work or taking advantage of the hard working taxpayers, How is it that you have all of this time to gather FOIAs costing the county thousands of taxpayer dollars and can attend meetings that I have no time for? Really go find a real job where you don't have the time to try and untangle your lies in this fictional story you keep adding chapters too.
Jake Delrose September 12, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Didn't Mr. Klimek stay at the Hyatt for his training time. Only makes sense to eat near the place your at.
Stephen Youhanaie September 12, 2012 at 01:28 PM
HI Jake, Here's your sign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXWTw54tWYo&feature=plcp Please refrain from referring to me as Yo-Yo. I don't play the cello, and I have not called anybody a name in my postings. No, it wasn't edited, as I was at the meeting.
Jake Delrose September 14, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Travis, It's a little strange that you complain about billing of gas and mileage but didn't understand that the county was saved over a $1000. So, how much was Mr. Klimek compensated for his time down in St Louis for training by the county? Do you think that any other official from a deputy to a department head is not paid for their time at training? Here, he was clearly not paid for his time. Which one of the two scenarios would be best for taxpayers? A: Let him collect gas and mileage or B: Let him return the gas credit and get paid for his time at training. As a taxpayer, I choose A If you cannot understand that issue now, you clearly have neither held a job or owned a business to understand laws for workers compensation of labor(and that includes training).
Stephen Youhanaie September 14, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Hi Jake, I appreciate the choices that you offer, but add one more: C. FOLLOW THE RULES FIRST. Whatever money that you are legally due, apply for it. NO MORE, NO LESS. Oh, and before I forget, here's your sign:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXWTw54tWYo&feature=plcp People, watch and wonder why your taxes are high. HIs performance is the epitome of government without a care for the people. It has been assumed that Marie Antoinette stated "LET THEM EAT CAKE!" It didn't work out too well for her. Now, we have elections instead. After Mr. Toftoy's statements in the newspaper, it can be said that he is promoting the phrase, "LET THEM EAT STEAK!" His risk is losing the election, not his head.
Stephen Youhanaie September 14, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Try that again, here's your sign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXWTw54tWYo&feature=plcp
Jake Delrose September 15, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Youhanaie, There's really something funny about Mike Dabney and his supporters talking about Toftoy's work ethic and fiscal responsibilities. I recently FOIAed some information myself and guess what??? Mr Dabney has had no less then 6 disciplinary actions against him in the past 2 years that lead to suspensions and lawsuits against him and the Oswego Fire Dept. In addition, Dabney and his wife make a combined $150000 annually(Just about the same as the Coroner's office budget) from 3 incomes and he yet cannot manage to budget his own finances and lose a house. So Youhanaie, did you yet decide to give up the idea that Dabney is better at finances? HE MAKES $150000 EVERY YEAR AND CANNOT MAKE IT RIGHT NO MATTER WHAT! YOUR ARGUMENT OF TOFTOY IS DEAD.
Tim September 15, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Jake, that information(if true), needs to be posted on every single post that Todd makes. Let it join the list of poor decisions Todd has made because he thought that his misunderstanding of something in his own mind, led him to behave in public as if it was the truth.
Stephen Youhanaie September 15, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Hi Jake, What the heck are you talking about? The next thing you'll accuse Dabney of doing is walking out of the world's largest gay bar, with his son. Then you'll provide a photoshopped picture of him, and his son walking out of Wrigley Field.
Jake Delrose September 16, 2012 at 07:19 AM
See Youhanaie! Your head is stuck somewhere and you cannot even begin to understand the truth about Dabney. You don't even take the time to properly vett your own candidate that you support because your hatred for one guy has clouded your judgement. You better start looking into those matters too and not just ingest the junk Todd is shoveling. Your opinions are looking like you have no idea what is happening around you!

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