Road commissioner charged in Iroquois County
CISSNA PARK — An elected township road commissioner in Iroquois County has been charged with official misconduct for allegedly using his township's tax-exempt status to receive a $1,100 discount on a riding lawnmower he bought for his personal use.
Daniel L. Bauer, 54, of rural Cissna Park, was indicted Feb. 6 by an Iroquois County grand jury for one count of official misconduct, a Class 3 felony.
Bauer, a longtime road commissioner for Pigeon Grove Township, turned himself in at the county jail on Feb. 7, and was released that day after posting $500 of his $5,000 bond, Sheriff Derek Hagen said. He is due in Iroquois County Circuit Court on March 10.
Hagen said the sheriff's office began investigating Bauer in late July 2013 after being contacted by township trustees.
"It was about some concerns they had when they were looking at some of the township's paperwork," Hagen said.
In September, Hagen said, a search warrant was executed at Bauer's family farm southeast of Cissna Park. Hagen said investigators found a mower there matching the one in question.
Bauer allegedly bought a ZX 5420 Titan Riding Lawnmower for his personal use from Double Y Sales & Service in Cissna Park on April 27, according to a bill of indictment filed in court. By using the township's tax identification number, he saved $1,100, according to the indictment.
Bauer wrote a check for $2,655 to pay for the mower in full.
Bauer, who was elected road commissioner in 1993, did not immediately return a message left at his home seeking comment.