KCE can confirm that a Bristol resident, who is also an attorney has asked District Attorney Michael Graveley to look into allegations of potential criminal and ethical violations committed by Alderman Anthony Kennedy. According to the complaint, by voting “yes” on the casino, Kennedy violated section 946.13(1)(b) which states that:
“Any public officer or public employee who does any of the following is guilty of a Class I felony: In the officer’s or employee’s capacity as such officer or employee, participates in the making of a contract in which the officer or employee has a private pecuniary interest, direct or indirect, or performs in regard to that contract some function requiring the exercise of discretion on the officer’s or employee’s part.”
The complaint, submitted to the DA’s office today states:
“Alderman Kennedy met with the Menominee tribe and Hard Rock casino before he voted in favor of an agreement with the City of Kenosha, and stated that he fulfills minority hiring requirements for work he performs for Illinois casinos. Prior to his supporting vote, Alderman Kennedy conditioned it upon his ability to work and profit from the Kenosha casino in a similar capacity. It is clear that Alderman Kennedy has a financial interest in the proposed casino development.”
As a basis for the complaint, the attorney points out Kennedy’s own words, that he spoke just before he pushed the “yes” button at a recent City Council meeting.
Graveley’s office has taken between two and six months to review such complaints.
Kenosha Alderman David Bogdala voted in support of the casino even though his district voted overwhelmingly against the casino twice. He has spoken in opposition to the casino publically at least 10 times, but now that he’s a candidate for mayor, had reneged on his promise to his district.
Bogdala successfully passed an amendment to the City’s IGA that prohibited City employees and elected officials from working for the Menominee, but stopped short of adding the Hard Rock or other possible employers on the property.
County Executive Samantha Kerkman had the following to say about the County’s IGA:
“I’m supportive of adding language equivalent to what the city included in its agreement. In addition, I’d like to incorporate a more complete conflict-of-interest section into our county ethics ordinance review that we are going to be working on this spring.”
Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Kennedy first said that he wouldn’t comment, but later changed his mind and said “I have no conflict.”