Channahon Village President Joe Cook Defends Credit Card Charges

Channahon Village President Joe Cook calls accusations 'a bold-faced lie.'

At the regular Village Board meeting Monday night, addressed charges on a village credit card that were highlighted in a article last week.

He explained that the "steak dinner" referenced in the Tribune's report was actually a meet-and-greet for potential police chief candidates when the village was looking to fill the vacant position now held by Channahon Police Chief Joe Pena.

Cook told those in attendance Monday that his card is used as the default credit card for the village, so any village function, like the meet-and-greet that was held at , would be paid for on his card.

Regarding the multiple limo trips to the airport, he said again, those trips were for all those in the village and he expressed his dislike of limos.

"I don't like limos," he said. "When you're my size, getting in and out of a limo is not easy."

During the public comment portion of the meeting, a woman in the audience asked about the , saying he opened a can of worms into his personal life by addressing the village credit card issue. She asked him to comment on the case.

"I certainly will not comment on it and I did not open a can of worms," he said.

Check back with Channahon-Minooka Patch later this week for a more in-depth story about village credit card charges.

Jim October 06, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Can anyone say coverup? Enough is enough disclose all receipts and let the Taxpayers decide if it is legit or not. We elected him we can replace him if he is in fact misusing Taxpayer funds. Why hasn't the Board put forth more questioning and demand the disclosure of all this. I know I would in a minute if there was any question of this. Or are they all in on it? I think we all want answers.
Joan October 12, 2011 at 04:54 PM
If I had to chose to believe a Chicago newspaper or our Mayor. I would go with our Mayor. I was put back by our former mayor's comments. Maybe he thinks everyone forgot about his sweetheart land deal and how his administrator didn't live in town and was the maid of honor in the Hunter's Crossing developer's wedding. Guess who had their business cards for insurance in all the model homes in Hunters?
KIMBER45 October 19, 2011 at 03:16 AM
Starting tomorrow I am not paying income or property taxes and if ingest divorced in the future,no child support either.ifnits ok for the boss it should be ok for me.ps does anyone know where I can get a village credit card?
KIMBER45 October 19, 2011 at 03:16 AM
Stickers October 22, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Now he is claiming hardship. Hoping for sympathy in court??? Time for this guy to go.


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