Complaints dismissed against Pekin councilmembers after firefighter complainant wrongly files

John Burns
John Burns(NEWS 25)
Published: Dec. 13, 2022 at 9:58 PM CST
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Pekin (25 News Now) - A Pekin firefighter was unable to answer key questions following his ethics complaints again two Pekin councilmembers on Tuesday night.

Members Becky Cloyd and Rick Hilst were brought to the ethics committee meeting to address the complaints against them.

Called for testimony was the Pekin firefighter who filed the complaints, John Burns. During questioning from Hilst, Burns was unable to answer questions about the filing that he says was submitted one complaint on behalf of someone hospitalized. Plus, the complaint forms did not not have necessary information filled out.

After the complaints were rescinded, the ethics commitee declared that the alleged ‘hospitalized person’ didn’t have to be identified.

“So there’s a complaint filed against me, I do my due diligence, I do my homework, I got questions to ask and I spent time to come down here for this meeting and now I’m not being allowed to ask questions?... I’m not being allowed to get answers to these questions?” said Hilst.

Hilst was visibly frustrated by the proceedings.

After the complaints were dismissed, Cloyd vowed to put these issues in the past to move forward for the community.

Burns filed these complaints with missing information, which is the same reason Cloyd was taken of the ballot in the race for Pekin mayor.