South Jacksonville trustees review ISP report at bigger venue

By Ryne Turke on April 1, 2015 at 1:06pm

Due to the expectation of a large turnout of village residents, the upcoming South Jacksonville board of trustees meeting has been moved to a bigger venue.

South Jacksonville President Gordon Jumper says the meeting will take place at the former fire department garage area, located at Village Hall. The focus of the meeting will revolve around a presentation of comments on the Illinois State Police report from trustees and community members.

Colby Huff, administrator of the online site My Social Jacksonville, will be one of the speakers at the meeting. His goal is to have a petition for the voluntarily resignation of Gordon Jumper, Linda Douglas and Richard Evans read into the village trustee records.

“The point of the petition, an effort that has been underway for the last couple of weeks online and door-to-door, is simply to reinforce the fact that community does not trust these three individuals. Hopefully this will send a message to somebody that something needs to be done here,” says Huff.

Huff says there is too much at stake for the future of both South Jacksonville and Jacksonville to keep Jumper, Douglas and Evans in their positions.

“With the sales tax that passed in November and the improvements set to begin in our public schools, hopefully there will be new families considering South Jacksonville and Jacksonville as future homes,” says Huff.

“What is it going to say about our community if a simple Google search can turn up the Illinois State Police investigation and a few minutes of extra effort can turn up the numerous stories, both founded and unfounded, about all three over the past 10 years.”

The only action item for the night will be a closed executive session between trustees. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday.