An alleged donation to the Wood River Township Democratic Precinct organization by the City of Wood River is being used by the For The Good of Illinois Political Action Committee as a call for an investigation into how the city handles taxpayers' money. Adam Andrzejewski heads the PAC, and says a check cut in 2008 to the Precinct should be enough reason for Madison County States Attorney Tom Gibbons to launch a further investigation into how the city handles its finances.
At issue is a check for $340, which was to be an entry fee for a golf tournament. Wood River Mayor Fred Ufert says the check should have never been cut, and a conversation with the city manager to that effect resulted in no signature on that voucher. He says it apparently slipped through the cracks and the money has been returned in full, and no city employees ever played in the tournament. Andrzejewski cites the recent prosecution and conviction of a former Wood River employee on an embezzlement charge as reason to look closer at the city.
Wood River Mayor Fred Ufert says Andrzejewski is comparing apples to oranges.
Andrzejewski was joined yesterday outside city hall by State Representative Dwight Kay, State Representative candidate Kathy Smith, State Representative Kyle McCarter, Madison County Auditor candidate Jeremy Plank, and Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler, all Republicans.