EDWARDSVILLE – Former Madison County officials Doug Hulme and Rob Dorman say they continue gathering evidence that proves a two-year-long criminal investigation of them was started because they tried to stop Democratic Party political activity on county time.
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, who investigated Hulme and Dorman for allegedly spying on internal emails of county officials and employees, ended the case in late 2019 after finding no basis for bringing charges.
Since then, through multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Raoul’s office has released to Hulme and Dorman more than 2,000 pages of documents related to the investigation initiated by former state’s attorney Tom Gibbons, a Democrat. Gibbons assembled a task force of 33 city, county and state law enforcement officers in December 2017, which then carried out a mid-day raid on offices in the county administration building on Jan. 10, 2018.
To date, Hulme said Raoul’s office has released some of the video-recorded interviews of 34 total witnesses. Hulme said he expects to receive all of them as the AG slowly rolls out evidence gathered over the course of the investigation.
Hulme said that last week he obtained a message that had been circulated among county officials organizing a meeting of Democrat precinct committee members. The message carried a date of Jan. 27, 2017, a month after Republican Kurt Prenzler took office as county board chairman.
Hulme worked for Prenzler as county administrator and Dorman worked for him as information technology director until their firing by the County Board last April 16.
“Politics on county time was part of the culture,” Hulme said.
Within a few months into his job as administrator, Hulme said he first saw a message about a meeting of Democrats at Argosy Casino. He said his position as administrator allowed for review of electronic messages, according to the county’s electronic communications policy.
“I didn’t need to go far to figure out we had a problem,” Hulme said. “The problem was sitting on the surface.”
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