As Kendall County Turns – part two!
Buckle your seatbelts cause this is gonna be another long one folks!
As a result of yesterday’s piece on the recent Kendall County Coroner follies, I dug a little deeper into those sudden strange less-than-a-month-before-the-election audio tape releases. They certainly seem intended to embarrass Ken Toftoy, and thus, Carl Gutierrez, who received Kenny’s electoral blessing.
And, wouldn’t you know it! Two separate sources told me the person behind this sudden flurry of in-house recordings is none other than Kendall County Deputy Coroner, office manager, and coroner candidate Jacquie Purcell.
Please allow me to explain.
It was at Ms. Purcell’s behest that Tofty installed the video cameras covering the front and back entrances to the office. She claimed staff needed to see who’s coming and going, but what she purportedly didn’t do was warn staff that audio recording equipment was part of the equation.
What that means is, my contention that Ken should’ve been smart enough not to talk bleep in front of a microphone may have been faulty. And the fact that he may not have known he was being recorded could turn out to be very problematic for candidate Purcell.
But I digress!
Apparently that recording equipment was activated at some rather odd times that seemed to coincide with Ms. Purcell’s absence – something for which she’s well-known. The other bizarre thing about this scenario is that this audio equipment only saves digital “tapes” for 30 days. So clearly someone was turning on the equipment, recording the staff, reviewing those recordings, and copying the most fascinating segments.
Then, lo and behold, those recordings somehow “made it” into the hands of WSPY’s Larry Nelson, who not only despises Coroner Toftoy, but fancies himself a Kendall County kingmaker. We all have our fantasies, don’t we?
So when WSPY claimed “they obtained” those records, they wanted you to assume they did so by a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA). But we all know exactly how they “obtained” them, right?
Did you know you can FOIA FOIA requests? So I’ll be seeing exactly what WSPY asked the Coroner for – if anything – very shortly.
But Yorkville, we have a problem! Illinois ain’t a one person consent state. If candidate Purcell really is behind those “leaked” recordings and the “victims” didn’t know they were being recorded, that’s a felony!
Given the unique statutory relationship between a Coroner’s and Sheriff’s office, word on the street is the State Police are looking into that serious eavesdropping charge.
Though I have no solid proof (yet), this torrid tale reeks of Oswego political operative and Purcell campaign manager John Reeves handiwork. Let’s just say John removed Toftoy from his Christmas card list years ago.
Their entire point, of course, is to embarrass Ken and weaken Gutierrez so Purcell could simply waltz into the office. So we’ll just call Nelson, Purcell, and Reeves “The Three Musketeers.”
Look, I’m not always a big Ken Toftoy fan. Inviting Joe Arpaio in? He’s a bleepin’ loon. But whatever shortcomings Ken might have, he’s done a great job. That privately funded facility is a great example.
As for all this recent “stuff” on Kenny? It’s just a bunch of BS that will likely prove to be illegally obtained. But even if that’s not the case, Kendall County voters repeatedly elected Ken, for better or worse, knowing exactly what they were getting. So he’s a little old school, big bleepin’ deal.
Making fun of dead bodies, passing out a couple extra badges, and threatening to get muckraker Todd Milliron to mow his lawn is hardly the stuff of political legend. Come on down to Kane County where our guy melted bodies, destroyed state evidence, and went over budget because he bought silly putty to pass out to kids.
I’ll take Ken Toftoy any day!
Oh! And did I forget to mention that Ken Toftoy isn’t running anyway?
The sad thing is, even if only half of this is true, Ken took Jacquie Purcell in after she’d already burnt most coroner bridges. Then, despite a plethora of staff complaints about her performance, he kept her on anyway.
And this is how he gets repaid?
All I can say is, vote for Carl Gutierrez folks!