Lori Lightfoot hired to investigate Illinois Mayor Tiffany Henyard

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The Illinois village of Dolton voted in favor of a resolution to hire former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to investigate its own leader, Tiffany Henyard, accused of embezzling taxpayer funds and various other corrupt practices.

Lightfoot, who lost her re-election bid in a landslide last year, said she was “honored” to be tasked with investigating Henyard, the self-proclaimed “super mayor” of Dolton.

“As someone who has made good government the cornerstone of my career in public service, I recognize that maintaining the trust of those I serve and making decisions in their best interest is essential,” Lightfoot said in a statement Monday. evening.

Henyard has repeatedly rejected calls for his resignation. Dolton Town/YouTube
The investigation arises from a series of events related to a tax-funded “economic development” trip to Las Vegas in May 2023. Tiffany Henyard/Facebook

“Dolton residents deserve nothing less than a government that is fully accountable, responsive, transparent and effective steward of taxpayer dollars.”

Lightfoot said her experience leading Chicago would help provide “non-biased” findings and recommendations.

The Dolton Village Board voted to hire Lightfoot Monday night at an unofficial meeting held at an off-site park district facility instead of Dolton Village Hall.

Lightfoot will be tasked with providing regular updates to the board on the investigation into Henyard’s alleged misconduct and lavish spending, providing a full report upon conclusion.

According to Fox 32, they will retain her for $400 an hour.

Lightfoot, previously an attorney at the powerful Chicago law firm Mayer Brown, a federal prosecutor and Chicago’s first black and openly gay mayor, lost her bid for a second term last year.

Monday night’s vote at a special meeting came after four members of the Dolton Board of Directors proposed hiring Lightfoot as additional legislative counsel to investigate Henyard.

Former Chicago Mayor Lightfoot lost her re-election bid in a landslide last year. fake images

The investigation arises from a series of events related to a tax-funded “economic development” trip to Las Vegas in May 2023.

There was allegedly “a complete failure to report anything relating to potential economic development, or any other event that took place in Las Vegas, to the Board of Trustees” upon Henyard’s return, according to the board.

The Village Board says it wants a thorough investigation into the trip, including all expenses, allegations of misconduct and internal investigations.

Henyard also faces accusations that he wasted federal COVID-19 relief funds, hired contractors without seeking appropriate bids, overpaid vendors without board approval, and accepted large campaign contributions from vendors chosen by the mayor. .

The resolution also states that the board later learned of “serious allegations of sexual assault” made by an unnamed former Dolton employee against a board trustee while he was in Las Vegas, and that Henyard and others in his administration “have made everything possible to cover up and conceal the alleged sexual misconduct and to report the sexual misconduct.”

Dolton Mayor Tiffany Henyard is accused of embezzling taxpayer money for lavish trips and dinners. Chicago Police

“Finding out what happened in Las Vegas is extremely important to residents,” Brittney Norwood, a member of the Dolton Board of Directors, told The Post.

Henyard’s constituents have also complained about the flamboyant mayor’s huge billboards with her face all over town and the “militarization” of the local police against his political opponents.

The board accused her of covering up personal expenses she paid with village money.

Henyard’s administration has denied the board’s numerous requests for financial documents over the past year, leaving them in the dark about the state of Dolton’s finances.

Last month, Henyard vetoed a resolution The village board unanimously approved opening the investigation and asked him to present the village’s financial records.

The FBI is also reportedly investigating Henyard’s alleged misuse of taxpayer money, including hundreds of thousands of dollars the village paid overtime to police allegedly for Henyard’s personal security team and allegations that she withheld licenses for certain companies.

Henyard has repeatedly refused to resign.




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