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Attorney General not likely to press Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department

Although there’s been no comment from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, indications are, there will be no action taken against the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department or any one employee in the agency.

The A-G’s office recently conducted its review of information provided by Iroquois County.

An absence of any criminal activity appears to be the A-G’s opinion.

Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine had asked the A-G’s office to “take a look” at the health department’s financial handling of matters. That was after County Board Chairman Rod Copas raised allegations of wrongdoings and other questionable actions regarding finances.

Devine told WGFA News ‘the information gathered was turned over to let the proper authorities take their own look.

"Over 6-8 weeks, volumes of information was acquired through the Freedom of Information Act.  That info was given to me for review," Devine said.  Devine asked the Attorney General for a second opinion and a second look.

Devine said to comment on any specific detail of the investigation would be improper, but the issues raised were all turned over to the A-G.

"Everything that's been presented and brought forward was looked at to see if it was appropriately done," Devine added.

Ford County State’s Attorney Matt Fitton said that it was his “understanding” that the attorney general’s office is not pursuing charges because “they don’t see any criminal activity.”

Devine, Fitton, and Copas met with representatives of the attorney general’s office on April 4th

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