Harsh Rebuke By Mayor and City Council Rejects Censure For Mudron Following IG Report

The Joliet City Council held a special meeting last night to discussion the Inspector General’s report from an incident that happened more than 2 years ago.

Prior to the meeting Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk made a statement regarding the report which detailed an allegation of intimidation of former councilman, Don Dickenson by Mayor O’Dekirk.

Mayor O’Dekirk said in prepared remarks before the meeting began, that “those that allegedly conspired against him will all pay a price.” The mayor recused himself.

Meanwhile in the report, the findings concluded that Donald Dickinson attended a November 1, 2020, meeting hosted by then Joliet Chief of Police Alan Roechner at Roechner’s residence. The purpose of this meeting was to conspire to falsely allege Mayor O’Dekirk committed the crime of intimidation of Dickinson. Joliet’s Inspector General has filed his report recommending criminal charges against former Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner and ex-Deputy Chief Marc Reid. The Illinois State Police concluded that Reid and Roechner had a plan to bring false charges of intimidation against Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk.

The report also recommend Councilman Patrick Mudron be reprimanded and censured by the Joliet City Council for his involvement in the November 1, 2020 meeting and for his failure to stop and expose false allegations against Mayor O’Dekirk. The Joliet City Council declined to censure Mudron.

Furthermore the report says the Joliet City Council publicly condemn James McFarland’s role in this conspiracy and that reporter Joseph Hosey follow the journalistic principles of seeking and reporting the truth, and transparency and accountability.

The report states that Hosey was at the November meeting and failed to report that in his story on November 2nd, 2020.