closure of Calumet City Library; Mayor cites corruption scheme found in review – CBS Chicago
Chicago (CBS) – Calumet City’s mayor said its public library will be temporarily closed because an audit revealed theft and illegal purchases.
Late on Thursday, Calumet City Police went to the library and found “a significant number of suspicious activities related to current staff hired under the former Board of Commissioners.”
In a letter, Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones said illegal purchases, along with theft were exposed and that many workers “suddenly submitted their resignations.”
“Today I announce the temporary closure of the Calumet City Public Library. This follows the discovery of an alleged corruption scheme uncovered through a forensic review of the library’s finances and operations,” Jones said.
The mayor took office in May of this year, and appointed a new library board. Jones said he asked them to immediately conduct a criminal audit.
“The initial outcome was so disturbing that I had no choice but to make this very difficult decision,” the mayor said.
Notice: The library will be closed today, October 8 due to restructuring and audits. We apologize for the inconvenience.
A reminder that we will be closing our doors on Monday October 11th in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day. pic.twitter.com/q2DeWQyZJe
– Calumet City Library (calcitypublib) October 8, 2021
According to the mayor, the library’s board of commissioners will meet soon to announce when the library will reopen.
“My administration contacted the Illinois Secretary of State’s office and informed them of the actions we have taken,” Jones noted.