Illinois Leaks | Benton, IL. Public Safety Commissioner Charged with Carrying Concealed Firearm in Government Building –

Benton, IL. (ECWd) –

On August 29, 2022, Donald Storey, a former Illinois Department of Transportation (“IDOT”) employee and current Public Health and Safety Commissioner for the city of Benton, Illinois, was charged with a Class B misdemeanor of carrying a concealed firearm in a government building.

This is Franklin County, IL. file number 2022CM262. Storey’s first appearance is scheduled for October 11 at 9:00 a.m.

We have previously reported (here and here) of Storey’s alleged shooting of his gun during a workplace prank that clearly did not go as planned.

There was no word on the punishment of the alleged pranksters in the workplace by IDOT or anyone else.

The incident happened at IDOT’s West City building and was referred to Illinois State Police for investigation, which is obviously over now that charges have been filed.

The Edgar County Watchdogs are currently facing a Cook County FOIA lawsuit against IDOT for their alleged violations of the Freedom of Information Act when they responded to requested information regarding this gun incident.

We previously wrote about Don Storey in a 2019 incident where Storey was kicked out of City Hall by the city’s zoning officer (here)

**these are just accusations, and all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court**