The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 13, 2013

Justice moves slowly


DANVILLE — Editor:

Merchants of Vermilion County, beware. Anyone can write “bad” checks without fear of prosecution in Vermilion County.

I received a check written on a “closed” account. Under Illinois statutes, this act is considered a felony.

I carefully followed procedures established by our state’s attorney’s office and went through the Vermilion County State’s Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program.

After this program, set up by the state’s attorney, was unsuccessful in resolving my case, it was forwarded for prosecution review on April 15.

I contacted the Vermilion County State’s Attorney office, and a staff member advised me that they do not prosecute bad checks.

I wished to discuss my case with an attorney in the office, but have not had any of my calls returned.

So, be aware, merchants: Bad checks, even though a criminal act, apparently means nothing to our state’s attorney.

Kevin Flynn