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Dolton residents speak out on Village Hall restrictions amid larger corruption controversy – NBC Chicago

Dolton residents are speaking out with frustration over new restrictions on the Dolton village hall, with many saying it is part of the distractions from a wider corruption controversy surrounding Mayor Tiffany Henyard and village leaders.

Terry Tilden-Overstreet stood in the rain outside the Dolton village hall, filling out paperwork Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m an elderly person and I’m disabled,” she said. “I didn’t know I couldn’t enter the building.”

Access to the village hall is now restricted.

A small four-space entrance is the only place residents and business owners are allowed. Trustee Kiana Belcher said she learned of the restrictions last week through social media.

“Myself and another administrator came here and noticed the restricted access,” she said. “Back then, there weren’t even chairs. »

Belcher said the move would have a significant impact on the village’s large elderly population.

“We have a lot of elderly people here, and seeing them standing in the cold and rain is just not cool. Limiting access to everyday things that need to be taken care of is a problem,” Belcher said.

Several residents gathered outside the village hall Tuesday afternoon, denouncing local leaders while calling the new restrictions a diversion.

“They don’t believe in transparency. They treat us like subjects rather than citizens,” said Dan Lee, a resident.

Another resident believes the move is related to another controversy over a trip to Las Vegas involving village leaders, including Henyard, in addition to an ongoing controversy over the misuse of public funds.

“It’s a deviation from what’s really going on in the village, with the money and what happened in Vegas,” resident Thelma Gant said.

“The village is run like a dictatorship,” said resident Barbara Parker.

Dolton officials provided the following statement to NBC Chicago:

“Access to the Dolton village hall has been restructured to protect our staff due to the overwhelming number of threats of violence resulting from the continued misinformation portrayed by media outlets and internet bloggers who use Dolton as a means of generating audiences and revenue, i.e. clickbait. Our staff and elected officials have received several concerning communications via email, social media, telephone, and visitors from across the country. As such, our protocols security have changed. Residents and business owners can conduct business by visiting our front desk, payment center, calling our various departments directly, and calling the Resident Service Line at 708-849-4000. The safety of our employees, elected officials and residents is our top priority and we will continue to work with law enforcement to monitor this situation as it evolves.

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