Country Club Hills Aldermen Take Mayor’s Credit Card Away

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Ill. (CBS) — The Country Club Hills City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to pull the mayor’s village-issued credit card because of questionable spending.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s David Roe reports, the move comes after a newspaper report that Mayor Dwight Welch and former City Manager Henrietta Turner charged more than $75,000 at restaurants, and at least $2,000 on movie tickets, this year alone.

Among other expenses, the mayor spent thousands on evening wear, tickets to musicals and a trip to a water park in Gurnee, according to a SouthtownStar analysis of Welch’s and Turner’s credit card statements.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s David Roe reports

Ald. Vince Lockett (2nd), a Welch opponent, said before the vote that the law was to be changed so the city credit card would belong to finance department senior accountant Nina Guzzo. She would have one in case of emergencies.

Lockett added that he expects Welch, who makes $145,000 as mayor and liquor commissioner, to pay back all charges that exceeded his $36,000 expense account.

If Welch does not repay the money, Lockett said he will urge Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to investigate Welch’s spending habits. Representatives of Madigan and Alvarez declined comment Friday.

The City Council voted earlier this month to cancel city-issued credit cards belonging to Turner and all department heads. Turner and 12 other city employees were also laid off during that meeting.

The SouthtownStar contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

  • fed up

    What took council so long to cut the mayor off? Probably because the mayor cut the council budget beforehand. they’re both guilty of unethical activity and abusing tax dollars.

  • John Boulas

    This is just terrible. How is the mayor going to run an entire town without a credit card? I think they should reconsider their decision.

    • NWA

      What needs to be reconsidered is his administration. This jerk needs to be impeached!


  • blackwidow

    this man and his entire operation should be addressed. Thiis is a big insult to our state. Why is illinois so corrupted? After he paid that pancake house $7000 for their light bill with tax payers money (I know he didn’t write a personal check ) is pancake house better financially now? Why not write checks to help homeowners keep their homes. People talk about ethics and morality in public office. Does this only apply to certain ones? Come on Lisa Madigan if any one can do it, you can. please get that clown out of country club hills. Who does he think he is. I’m telling you when grown ups can’t voice their opinions at meetings. He knows he’s wrong and paranoid and possibly mentally ill, I see him as a danger to the community. Someone asked early on why did it take so long for this information to come out. You know how it goes, everything is fine until you make someone angry, and then all hell breaks out. I hope this nut is being investigated. So far it seems like he is just getting a slap on the wrist. You raise takes higher than any other county around, use taxpayers funds not your money for personal use. If I’m wrong (which I know I’m not) I will apologize. He is a public official, we have every right to see what he’s been doing. We are losing our jobs, homes, etc

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