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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 report.

The FBI is investigating allegations that Forest Preserve District of DuPage County contracts went toward a Chicago-based technology firm Alamach Technologies Inc., benefitting 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, according to the report.

The district employs approximately 306 full-time and 45 part-time employees, with administrative at 3S580 Naperville Rd. 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.

DuPage County watch August 25, 2012 at 06:47 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 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 04:51 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
Rob Nementhe August 29, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I can't believe that 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! Part-Time President Pierotti gets $107K plus all the trimmings and a car allowance but he says he is retiring. Not one of the Commissioners (Joe Cantore from District 2 is frequently absent so I guess he can't be faulted?) has said a word at any meetings about the FBI's investigation. If they don't ask questions they are not doing their jobs. I like this idea that if they don’t show up like frequently absent Joe Cantore from District 2 they should not get paid.
Carol OLeary August 30, 2012 at 01:45 PM
To Rob's points above it is simple - 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. For all the taxes we pay we deserve 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 03:38 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!

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