Investigators seized a work cellphone belonging to the Waukegan city clerk and executed a search warrant at the Waukegan City Hall as part of a criminal investigation.
The Illinois State Police obtained the warrant on December 13 in Lake County Circuit Court.
Investigators immediately went to the city hall, located at 100 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Waukegan, to execute the warrant.
Investigators were seeking a variety of records involving Waukegan City Clerk Janet Kilkelly, according to people briefed on the matter.
The warrant was obtained as part of an ongoing investigation into official misconduct, the warrant said.
A Samsung Galaxy S10 cell phone was seized. The city-issued phone belonged to Kilkelly.
Kilkelly told the city’s aldermen that she surrendered her phone to Waukegan Police Chief Edgar Navarro at the direction of Illinois State Police special agents.
Kilkelly told the aldermen the phone was seized as part of an investigation of former 4th Ward Alderman Roudell Kirkwood.
“This is an ongoing investigation resulting in a search warrant issued to City of Waukegan on 1/12/2023, involving not only City Clerk office (which handled liquor licensing from fy’18 to fy 22) but also Finance, IT and licensing,” Kilkelly told Lake and McHenry County Scanner in a statement Thursday.
The city clerk said she had “not seen a warrant issued this month” and has been cooperating with investigators “100%.”
The December 13 search warrant was at least the second time this year that investigators raided Waukegan City Hall.
On January 12, the Illinois State Police executed a warrant at city hall seeking documents and records mostly involving Kirkwood.
Kirkwood was previously the president of Mac Dynasty Inc., which operated several Lake County restaurants, public records show. The corporation has since been dissolved.
He was charged in July 2022 with 26 counts of forgery, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of official misconduct and one count of theft by deception. Court records show Kirkwood is set to go on trial on May 20.
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.
During the January 12 warrant, which was six months after Kirkwood had been charged, investigators seized dozens of documents from 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 told Lake and McHenry County Scanner they could not provide further information regarding the latest search warrant that occurred this month but claimed they were not involved.
A spokesperson for the City of Waukegan declined to comment following the warrant, saying he did not have any information on it.