1. Someone in the community contacts them to get involved in what is an alleged issue with local government. They are looking for watchdog support. Since their fraudulent website states that is a service, people stumble on them and connect. Many of these people are conspiracy theorists who perceive their government to be doing bad things. This is the group ECW seeks. Their website is the lead.
2. They conduct a “How to be a watchdog” meeting in the community, which grows insurgency, not watchdogs, to locate more of these far-right wing hate group candidates.
3. They entice a far- right wing candidate into running for office, by promises of support and help.
Step 2: Create a level of insurgency in the community.
1. They attend meetings and act out of control, even threatening and zoom bombing. Anything so government cannot conduct business. Then what they have done, they use against them in a court of law (see step 3). AN example is playing Chinese music during a zoom meeting, claiming they cannot hear, then suing for not hearing a meeting.
2. Writing non-factual articles about current elected officials in hopes to pressure them so much they quit, and they can force their person on the board-by-board vote.
3. Start Facebook pages locally so they can harass and attack the elected officials. An example, in DuPage Township there were over 5,000 posts made across over 6 Bolingbrook Facebook groups in four months and they started their own group too.
Step 3: Pattern of Racketeering- We are alleging this is a money- making scheme against the government and this is how it operates:
1. They need the followers they gathered to attack as a group. Each of them participates. In the cases below of Cindy, Theresa, and Becky, they actually travel across the state with the ECW team, thus not just the locals.
2. They, as a team request excessive FOIA’s without reason i.e. full hard drives and in some cases over 400 FOIA requests in one government body and across different cities. So FOIA’s appear to come from many people, not just ECW, yet ECW gets all the results.
3. After defaming the elected officials claiming wrongdoing, they demand an Audit and recommend their auditor, while publicly claiming they do not know her. She is not licensed for forensic audits but does them anyways. See Algonquin Township last month, charging $26K for a forensic audit.
4. Finish by filing lawsuits, Vexatious litigants, on one of 4 different things. They rotate the group members to not appear vexatious.
a. Weaponizing the FOIA act by suing because the government missed a timeline on FOIA return because of excessiveness (setting up to fail approach)
b. Suing because they contest the FOIAs responses they received.
c. Suing for something they find in fishing expeditions of large quantities such as hard drive requests dating back to the 1990’s.
d. Suing because the elected officials are stopping them.
1. Settle out of court for money, since most elected officials and attorneys do not know about the scam of this group working together as vexatious litigants.
2. Defame Elected Officials right before election, so that their candidate wins.
3. Move their own candidates into office so that they have full access to all documents without FOIA. Then open all books to them for lawsuit grabs (unredacted in violation of rights of citizens) See Algonquin Township, Pecatonica Township and DuPage Township where non-redacted information was sent then posted by ECW for doxing reasons.
1. Run hundreds of lawsuits using the same attorneys, thus the attorneys are aware of the money they get working for ECW.
2. The Accountant gets a sure win on forensic audit bids because the level of harassment bullies the officials to choose their candidate offered, to shut them up, because they know their books are fine. It is not about her charging $26k an audit, fixing the numbers to give ECW a reason to sue, but also to get access to all documents.
In November 2020 we started an investigation based on a tip that the Edgar County Watchdogs were not actual Watchdogs. We started tracking their stories for the past 6 months and found the following:
1. For each village/ city/ Township they write about, they had one person they supported and one person they were trying to remove.
2. For the person they tried to remove, it was typically a Democratic Elected Official. In many cases it was one that went from being a Republican to a Democrat.
3. For each person they supported, we found the supported person to be a far right wing radical.
4. Some of these radicals have publicly stated their Patriot position.
5. Others that have not, have been called far right wing extremists.
6. Once we narrowed down and confirmed ECW Political Position (Which was also Extreme far right Republican), we looked for their favorite news sites. This of course was Fox News.
7. After that we began looking into their goals. Were these Patriots coming to them for help or were they offering ahead of time, promising to help them win elections or promising they would get someone to quit so they could put another Patriot on these boards.
8. What we discovered is that in over a Dozen IL political offices so far, this is the case.
9. In Avon Township, they have gotten 3 radicals on the board and then censured the non-radicals.
10. In DuPage Township they tried for over a year to get a Supervisor to resign and replaced him with a Republican. Then the Patriot on the board pushed him around, took over all his duties and tried to get other members to quit to replace with other Patriots. Now she is running on a slate as a Supervisor with those Patriots on her slate that she wanted in the chairs if they were successful in getting others to quit.
11. The story is the same Statewide, with the Patriots, led by John Kraft and Kirk Allen, going after Governor Rauner because of supporting Extreme Right Wing Jeanne Ives.
12. The same story can be found county by county and we are still gathering the information from each to post here in the next few months. We are receiving so many documents from these locations, we cannot keep up. From financial hits they have caused in the hundreds of thousands of taxpayers dollars, probably hitting high millions across the state. From wasted time for FOIA officers and frivolous claims sent to State Investigators, the amount of labor and cost they have hit taxpayers for is ridiculous..
13. One thing for sure, is that we know they are behind going county to county, city to city, trying to remove ALREADY ELECTED BY THE VOTERS officials and trying to replace them by board majority vote with radicals that residents are not aware of. This is directly avoiding the will of the voters, trying to override their votes with using threats, bullying, and scare tactics, as well as defamation, to remove these people. This is destroying our democracy, fair elections, and more!
14. Over the next week we will be posting so much evidence to these allegations that you will see what we have discovered. There is no doubt that the ECW are NOT Watchdogs, they are Right Wing Radical Patriots single-handedly using IL as their location of destruction of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Will of the People.
This investigative journalist broke the story, linking their actions across the state.
They harassed her full time job so much she was terminated.
they posted her personal info and even drove to Florida to take pictures of her home and intimidate her. They showed up to her own personal court date which had nothing to do with them. She took hit after hit on her credentials, personal information, and more.