Multiple investigators executed a search warrant at the Waukegan City Hall Thursday morning into an investigation involving multiple crimes.
The Illinois State Police obtained the warrant Thursday morning in Lake County Circuit Court.
A judge signed off on the search warrant for the city hall, located at 100 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Waukegan, court records show.
Investigators were seeking a variety of documents and records, according to the warrant.
Most of the items sought appeared to be involving Roudell Kirkwood, the alderman of Waukegan’s 4th Ward.
Kirkwood is also the president of Mac Dynasty Inc., which operates several Lake County restaurants, public records show.
He was charged in July with 26 counts of forgery, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of official misconduct and one count of theft by deception.
The charges relate to Kirkwood allegedly falsifying documents submitted to the City of Waukegan and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.
An indictment said that Kirkwood’s actions led to him fraudulently obtaining a video gaming license and making between $100,000 and $500,000 in gaming revenue.
Investigators were searching for “any and all records” relating to businesses owned or operated by Kirkwood during their Thursday morning search at city hall.
Investigators were additionally searching for evidence of crimes involving the theft of government funds, wire fraud, official misconduct and violations of the Illinois Liquor Control Act and Video Gaming Act.
While the theft of government funds was not one of the charges filed against Kirkwood, the search warrant indicated investigators were looking into some type of theft involving government funds.
It was unclear whether that involved Kirkwood or another current or former elected official.
An inventory of seized items included dozens of documents from Waukegan City Clerk Janet Kilkelly’s desk.
Investigators also seized liquor and business licenses involving Kirkwood’s businesses.
A flash drive containing emails and tax ledgers relating to Kirkwood’s businesses was seized from the city finance department.
A spokesperson for the Illinois State Police confirmed to Lake and McHenry County Scanner that state police are leading “an open and ongoing investigation.”
“To protect the integrity of the investigation, no further information is available at this time,” the spokesperson said.
A spokesperson for the Illinois Gaming Board said they do not comment on actual or potential investigations.