The writer of the letter "Swansea candidates' integrity isn't in question" appears to not know what a conflict of interest is, and the dangers of public officials having conflicts of interest.
The conflict exists whether or not one is actually influenced by a secondary interest. It exists if the circumstances are reasonably believed to create a risk that decisions may be unduly influenced by secondary interests.
Candidates Doris Rebenstorff's husband, McGuire and his brother and Lanter all work for Village Departments.
Every budgetary decision trustees make impacts the budget of the department where these candidates have personal interest. We have one budget that supports all departments. Allocating funds to any one department affects all departments.
The Illinois Municipal Code prohibits village officers from being interested in village business. Such interest can result in trustee removal and mayoral appointments versus voters choosing their trustees.
Simply, conflicts of interest interfere with the basic principle of fairness: treating everyone the same. It's almost impossible for individuals to determine whether they're being fair when self-interest is involved. The Institute for Local Self-Government states, "The law is aimed at the perception, as well as the reality, that a public official's personal interests may influence a decision." Even appearances of impropriety undermines the public's faith.
We need objective trustees who can represent our village in a way that best benefits the entire village as opposed to perceived personal interests.
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