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Kane County ethics adviser absolves Sheriff Donald Kramer in election complaint

Official says sheriff did not violate Kane County ordinance

The Kane County ethics adviser did not support an ethics complaint filed against Kane County Sheriff Donald Kramer in connection with campaign activities, according to his decision filed Monday.

Former judge Grant Wegner determined that Kramer did not violate the county’s ethics ordinance when he used a county-issued police car and wore a uniform shirt during Republican meetings before the March 20 primary election.

With regard to the definition of “prohibited political activity,” the county’s ordinance includes participating in a political meeting, event or campaigning, Wegner’s decision stated.

Kramer was engaged in political activity as a candidate, but because he is required to be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the sheriff always is on duty.

The squad car used “in connection with political activity” was not used to promote his political activities or the political event, according to Wegner’s decision.

Wegner said in his decision that he did not believe the sheriff’s uniform shirt was property of the county.

Jon Zahm, a political consultant to the Kevin Tindall campaign, filed the complaint. Tindall lost to Kramer in the Republican primary March 20.

Zahm did not return a message seeking comment.

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