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FBI Investigates DuPage Forest Preserve Contracts

The FBI has joined an investigation of contracts that allegedly benefited two former DuPage Forest Preserve District employees, the Better Government Association and Daily Herald are reporting.

The FBI is investigating allegations that Forest Preserve District of DuPage County contracts that went to Chicago-based Alamach Technologies Inc. benefitted two former district employees, according to the Daily Herald and Better Government Association.

The former employees worked in the district's information technology department. The district that two administrative employees were suspended without pay for "possible misuse of taxpayer funds and/or resources." District officials said in November they had no further comment while authorities reviewed the issue.

One of the employees resigned Nov. 7 and the other was terminated Nov. 15.

Between November 2009 and October 2011, the district paid Alamach more than $488,000 for consulting and other technology services, according to the Daily Herald and BGA report. The contracts go back at least a year and were worth about $12,000 a month, the Daily Herald reported Nov. 24.

Public records show Alamach was dissolved in May.

The district employs about 306 full-time and 45 part-time employees, with administrative at 3S580 Naperville Road in Wheaton.

The district in June launched a "" on its website that allows the public to search information regarding district spending, salaries, taxes and fees, lobbyists, meeting minutes and agendas, and FOIA requests.

Read the full report on the Daily Herald website.

Stewart Levine August 09, 2012 at 02:55 AM
whoever blew the cover on this corruption, bravo. most of the corruption in dupage county occurs out on county farm rd in wheaton at the dupage court house and complex.
Don Kirchenberg August 09, 2012 at 08:48 PM
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Commissioners and President must be held accountable for their failure to safeguard our tax dollars. When I attend meetings I don't hear many questions if any while many millions of our taxes are spent and sent to companies that are awarded single bid contracts. We need a full investigation and accounting of where and why these companies get these monies without a competing bid. Don Kirchenberg www.protectourforestpreserves.com
Dennis Clark August 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Now if the FP Board would stop setting the wrong example for the employees by entering into no-bid contracts themselves and then taking political contributions from those same firms we could learn from this error in miss-management. Then we can move on to addressing the salary, free family health benefits and a pension all for a part time job of being a Board member. What about the President’s salary and car benefits that he said he would address almost a year ago. While we are addressing reform, let’s take those taxpayer paid political signs down in the forest preserve with the president's name on them....let's start doing what is right.
DuPage County watch August 25, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Thank you to Ms. Jean Range of Wheaton who on 8/21/12 made a compelling statement to Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Pierotti and the Commissioners (except Commissioner Cantore District 2 who was absent again). In her statement she tells them that President Pierotti's interruption and insults while Don Kirchenberg was making public statement last week was wrong for many reasons including Pierotti’s confusion regarding locusts. Feel free to pass it on and if you have a chance let the President, Commissioners and local media know that you share her concerns about President Pierotti and the Commissioners failure to answer our questions. Send emails to forest@dupageforest.com, Lombardian@sbcglobal.net, news@dailyherald.com, fencepost@dailyherald.com, doingsnews@pioneerlocal.com, QuestPublishing@aol.com, mcolosimo@mysuburbanlife.com, jmoore@mysuburbanlife.com, businessedge@dailyherald.com, letters@mysuburbanlife.com, letters@tribune.com, publisher@buglenewspapers.com, emistretta@dailyherald.com Please forward this video and the Pierotti video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAi8tGrF7KI&feature=relmfu Thanks!
DuPage County watch August 26, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Why is President Pierotti lying at the Forest Preserve Commission meeting on 8/14? Please forward this video and the Pierotti video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAi8tGrF7KI&feature=relmfu
Bill Angel August 26, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Donny, why don't you start with you pal Michael Madigan who has ruined the state of Illinois pension system and put us poor saps in severe debt. Are you still a close personal friend of Blago? Let's call a spade a spade.
David Equinstein August 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The 6 Part-Time Commissioners from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County get paid $53,500 a year plus full-time benefits and a taxpayer subsidized pension for maybe 1,000 hours a year and they just sit there! Not one of the Commissioners has said a word at the meeting about the FBI's investigation. Here is one of the articles http://elmhurst.patch.com/articles/fbi-investigates-dupage-forest-preserve-contracts-a19cbfe2#comments_list about the investigation that the DCFPD President Dewey Pierotti keeps saying (even yelling at citizens on 8/14) that there is no investigation.
David Equinstein August 29, 2012 at 04:00 PM
There should be posts allowed only if someone will give their name. Then if someone wants to criticize or call other people names they can be held accountable. #2 I agree with the idea that the Commissioners should have their salaries cut from the $53,500 a year plus benefits and a taxpayer subsidized pension. Let's cut it in half. And here's an idea if they don't show up like the frequently absent Commissioner J. Cantore of my District 2 they should not get paid.
Rob Nementhe August 29, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Bill Angel - What does Madigan have to do with a corrupt Forest Preserve District in DuPage County? If "you checked your facts" (before you write any term papers) it was State Senator Pate Philip that setup the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County as a separate and redundant government agency. He probably cut a deal with Madigan to pass the law to set this government agency up but Philip was a Republican legislator so I guess per your ideals he is OK? More importantly the forest preserves in DuPage County have been mismanaged and we need new Commissioners to change it and provide some checks and balances to this one party ruled group.
Rob Nementhe August 29, 2012 at 05:36 PM
THE DCFPD President Pierotti is lying and some people believe him. Pierotti is not up for reelection so all we can do is to elect new Commissioners and get the new Commissioners to ask the questions no one is asking now.
Carol OLeary August 30, 2012 at 01:35 PM
One political party in control equals abuse. Like in Cook County where it is controlled by the Dems the DuPage County problems are caused by one political party in total control. The Republican control of the Forest Preserve District with the 6 weak Commissioners (really 5 since Commissioner Joe Cantore District 2 rarely attends) is a lot like the Cook County Board when Todd Stroger was in control! Sad but true. Since the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County was separated from the DuPage County Board they have allowed these questionable practices: $ Annual salaries of more than $53,000 with a taxpayer subsidized pension and full time benefits for a part time job. $ Hiring of family members for well paying jobs. $ Award of millions of our tax dollars in non-competitive contracts. $ Accepted unlimited campaign donations from companies doing business with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. We need a better Forest Preserve District in DuPage County! Please tell any like minded voter you know in DuPage County about these abuses! It can change with new Commissioners elected on 11/6/12
We Deserve Better in DuPage September 09, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Pierotti talks a big game but his actions should be a big shame! Thank you to Adam Morgan of Chicagoland Outdoors http://www.chicagonow.com/chicagoland-outdoors/2012/09/trouble-in-the-forest-fbi-looks-into-dupage-preserve-scandal-district-president-goes-on-angry-tirade/#comment-5 for taking the time to cover this important story. The FBI's investigation of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the closed door meeting the President of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County had with the Chairman of DuPage County and the big bonuses paid to the former Executive Director are excellent reasons why we should ask questions. If we (concerned citizens) don't ask questions no one will because the Commissioners have not asked one. Let President Pierotti yell, make false accusations and insult the concerned citizens but at the very least please answer our questions. Please pass this along!
We Deserve Better in DuPage September 11, 2012 at 09:41 PM
King/Emperor Pierotti and the do little Commissioners have little clue what the public wants. We need to get involved with the respective candidates for Commissioner now running in all 6 districts! Please support them and ask how you can help them.

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