Freeport (Illinois) Township a Disaster – “Friendly Law Suit” and Purchase of 206 E. Stephenson a Financial Debacle!

In the Journal Standard on September 1, 2013 it was reported that Attorney Michael Phillips, attorney for Freeport Township, filed a suit to determine if it was valid for Freeport Township to own a building with the Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC). He characterized it as a “Friendly” law suit. Phillips also said in the article that the Township has no intention of leaving the property. What a joke! On August 22, 2014 it was reported in the Journal Standard that Township Supervisor Patrick Sellers intends to move the Township offices which had been purchased for $366,971 in 2012 as early as January 7, 2015. On August 27, 2015 it was reported in the Journal Standard that the suit filed by Mr. Phillips would be dismissed so the building could be sold for $250,000. The Township it was reported had spent between $25,000 and $30,000 on legal fees. So much for the “friendly” law suit. A lot of questions should be asked such as why was the building purchased to begin with if there were legal issues, and of course, why are they selling it for much less than the purchase price? The answer is simple – it’s just taxpayer money. The more you waste the more you can tax. That is the bureaucrat moto. 

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