South Jax police chief to prepare follow-up report to ISP investigation

By Gary Scott on March 24, 2015 at 8:28am

South Jacksonville Police Chief Richard Evans has requested and reviewed a copy of the Illinois State Police investigation into alleged wrongdoings at Village Hall.

That’s according to a letter that was sent to South Jacksonville trustees by Mayor Gordon Jumper. The 500-plus-page report lists allegations of theft against former village clerk and water clerk and current treasurer and office manager Linda Douglass, as well as official misconduct against Evans.

According to the letter, Jumper says he’s asked the village police department to review and evaluate the information in the report and prepare a report for presentation at the next board meeting, which is next Thursday.

WLDS-WEAI News talked to Evans at Village Hall Monday night.

Reporter: “Do you have any comments to make on [allegations against you] at this time?”

Evans: “I will, yes.”

Reporter: “Would you like to make those now?”

Evans: “I can’t.”

Reporter: “Why’s that?”

Evans: “Because I’m just about finished with my response.”

Reporter: “Do you know when you’ll have a response?”

Evans: “Probably in the next couple of days.”

Jumper did not indicate in his letter if he himself has read the state police report. He declined to speak to us when we reached out to him by telephone last week.

The Attorney General’s office declined to press charges after the ISP investigation. Morgan County State’s Attorney Bobby Bonjean told us last June he asked the state to handle the case because he’s the son-in-law of South Jacksonville fire chief David Hickox.