Tutty Baker Asks Citizens – A Case of Public Fraud?

Freeport – As many of you know, Tutty Baker and his wife are credited as the founders of what became our beloved city of Freeport Illinois. What you may not know is Tutty Baker still speaks to the citizens of Freeport, even, touting his own Web Blog which he uses to inform, rant and educate the citizens of Freeport about issues they may not be aware of.

On Tutty’s blog he states, “Tutty is the founder of Freeport, Illinois and has been dead since 1855 but still haunts the southern most Pecatonica River flats in an effort to keep local politicos on the up and up.

In an article published by Tutty today, Tutty highlights a recent story that appeared in the Journal Standard Newspaper.  In his article he asks citizens of Freeport what their thoughts are on this subject;

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Tutty states, “In a nutshell, Corporation Counsel Sarah Griffin has been receiving pay increases that she was not entitled to under City ordinances based upon a “verbal agreement” between herself and Mayor Gitz.  The overpayment is not chump change either, it is estimated to be around $300k.

Tutty credits Freeport’s now former Finance Director, Cynthia Haggard for making the story possible and the members of the Freeport City Council who, as he states are “putting their foot down over this type of secret behavior“.

Tutty’s article in its entirety is shown below. 

“First and foremost Tutty must praise the Journal-Standard for digging in to a complex story regarding the improper, if not criminal, expenditure of public money.  And to the members of the Freeport City Council that are putting their foot down over this type of secret behavior with respect to  the expenditure of public dollars.

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Also, the City of Freeport’s now former Finance Director, Cynthia Haggard made the story possible because of her integrity.  Mayor Jim Gitz finally hired a department head that he could not hold under his thumb.  If not for Cynthia Haggard, this entire ordeal would have been shoved under the rug by Mayor Gitz (an attorney) and the City of Freeport’s Corporation Counsel.

Freeport taxpayers should collectively sign a thank you card for Ms. Haggard for finally exposing how the Gitz administrations have operated.

Tutty assumes most regular readers of this blog have read the Journal-Standard story pictured above and if you haven’t it may in your interest to do such.  (the grammarian in Tutty was especially impressed by the proper use of the word “whom” but Tutty digresses)

In a nutshell, Corporation Counsel Sarah Griffin has been receiving pay increases that she was not entitled to under City ordinances based upon a “verbal agreement” between herself and Mayor Gitz.  The overpayment is not chump change either, it is estimated to be around $300k.

Isn’t that something, the only City of Freeport employee being paid based upon a “verbal agreement” just happens to be an attorney and the City’s highest paid employee.  Tutty thought most attorneys knew that verbal agreements are not worth squat…kind of shows the type of legal competence we have at Freeport City Hall doesn’t it?

Where is our new State’s Attorney on all of this, half of his constituency resides in Freeport, does he not have an obligation to Freeporters to verify if the newspaper’s account is anything more than hearsay?  From the documents made available and the Journal-Standard news story it sure doesn’t take much to construe that this is, and has been, a fraudulent use of public dollars.  The Freeport legal community cannot and should not continue to turn its back on such apparent and blatant abuse of power by their brethren.

Ms. Griffin has hired local personal-injury lawyer Tim Mahoney.  In Tutty’s opinion Tim Mahoney is in over his head and should tell Ms. Griffin has much.  In reality, she probably needs a real good criminal defense attorney, at the least she needs someone with a larger skill-set than ego.

Attorney Mahoney wanted to make an issue out of her pay records coming to the light of day…this made Tutty chuckle.  The only records of Ms. Griffin released were pay records, last I checked, she was a City employee.  If Tim Mahoney thinks her privacy was violated he should sue somebody if he has grounds.  No one revealed what color underwear Ms. Griffin wears, they only asked questions regarding her pay as an employee of the public whose ordinances she is charged with enforcing.

Once again Freeporters should be profusely thanking the Journal-Standard and former finance director Cynthia Haggard for bringing this to the light of day, also, the Freeport City Council for continuing to follow up on this issue.  Freeporters should also be asking our local prosecutor, the States Attorney, why Tutty and his neighbors don’t seem to have any protection from what appears to be an obvious public fraud, perpetrated by attorneys?

Tutty is quite sure there will be more to come on this issue.  Tutty has known Jim Gitz and Sarah Griffin a long time and fears this could be just the tip of the iceberg.  How many other “verbal agreements” have they made with our money behind the Freeport City Council’s back?”

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If you would like to read more articles from Tutty Baker you can visit his blog at http://blumdoggle.blogspot.com/

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