Brett Blume

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – Levelling charges of government corruption, several dozen protestors marched outside the St. Clair County Courthouse in Belleville Tuesday morning.

At the front of the crowd was Belleville city clerk, Dallas Cook, who was just elected this past April.

“I have not made any friends in government, I will tell you that,” Cook conceded. “I am on my own here in this county. Everybody’s connected here. Everybody is friends with somebody else in power, that’s who they worry about and that’s who they take care of. I want to end that.”

To help weed out wrong-doers, Cook and his supporters are calling on random drug tests for all elected and appointed officials.

He even has an opinion on how those drug tests should be conducted.

“We don’t want urine tests, we want hair tests,” Cook explained. “Because the only way you know if someone used drugs is if you can look back at them over the last six months. Anybody can not use drugs for two or three days.”

Those gathered together under the banner of “Citizens for Social & Economic Progress” (CESP) also called for Chief Judge John Baricevic to step down in the wake of recent developments like the drug overdose of an associate St. Clair County judge and the related arrest of another judge.


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