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February 22, 2024

FBI Investigates Illinois Mayor Accused of Corruption

The FBI is investigating Tiffany Henyard, who describes herself as the "super mayor," amid growing allegations of misconduct and misuse of office.

The Illinois attorney general shut down her charity on Tuesday, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Henyard, known for her distinctive presence on billboards in Dolton, Illinois, faces accusations of using taxpayer funds for extravagant and unnecessary trips and allocating $1 million for a police detail, which was allegedly then utilized to retaliate against her perceived adversaries.

Lawrence Gardner, 57, reported visiting an FBI office after Henyard closed his trucking business following his refusal to renew a $3,500 political contribution.

"The FBI came out and went to talk to me, and I provided them with all the paperwork that I had," Gardner said. "They took photocopies... their division is public corruption."

Gardner stated that he initially donated to Henyard but was pressured for additional contributions annually. When he declined, officials purportedly accused him of illegally selling alcohol from his business and revoked his license, claims Gardner refutes.

The FBI informed Gardner of numerous complaints against Henyard but stated they were initiating an investigation. Gardner recounted an agent's assurance: "'We are going to get her,'... 'It just takes time. We have to make sure we have all our i’s dotted and t’s crossed.'"

According to Fox 32, which first reported the FBI probe, electronic surveillance is also being utilized in the investigation.

Sherry Britton, a vocal Dolton resident, disclosed that the FBI visited her recently but declined to divulge further details based on the agency's counsel.

The charity allegedly failed to register with the Attorney General's Office or disclose its fundraising totals. Fox 32's investigation revealed that Henyard diverted a $10,000 donation from Thornton Township to the charity and utilized taxpayer funds and public employees to support it.

Dolton, with approximately 20,000 residents, faces significant financial challenges, with an estimated deficit of around $5 million, as the FBI continues its investigation.

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