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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.

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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