Instead of linking to an Associated Press or Chicago Tribune story on why Illinois Law Enforcement Standards and Training Board removed former Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer from his post in September, I thought I would just let our readers judge for themselves.
On May 6, 2021, The Office of Executive Inspector General (OEIG) opened an investigation into whether Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) Executive Director Brent Fischer improperly provided a Law Enforcement Officer certification to [Individual 1], certifying [Individual 1] as a part-time law enforcement officer without [Individual 1] having the requisite training.
So read the report for yourselves:
Fischer provided his defense in a separate statement at the end of the pdf. While it appears he overstepped ILETSB procedures in offering a certification to former Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffett (Individual 1 in the report), in the scope of state government shenanigans, this doesn’t seem like a fatal error. Mistake, sure? Death penalty? Eh…
I mean, the Auditor General just got a free pass for more than $200K in personal expenses coming out of his campaign coffers when he was a state rep. The AUDITOR General.
Now Fischer joins the list of several Adams County/West-Central Illinois residents who have been excommunicated from state government employment (present company included), ever since someone steered the feds to Quincy lobbyist/insider/Madigan consigliere Mike McClain and ComEd.
I’m not defending or prosecuting anyone in either of these circumstances, but it seems as if Fischer’s downstate address might have had something to do with this.