By: Joseph Ryan and Joe Mahr
Source: Chicago Tribune
Today he faces indictment.
The former Bellwood village administrator, McCampbell, 57, of Schiller Park, faces eight felony counts of theft and four felony counts of official misconduct, according to court records.
The grand jury indictment accuses him of stealing more than $500,000 from the west suburban village, in part by manipulating his employment contracts and deceiving the Village Board about them.
A spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said her office would not elaborate on the charges until next week’s scheduled arraignment.
McCampbell’s attorney, Craig Tobin, said his client has done nothing wrong and has been made a political scapegoat by leaders of the struggling near west suburb.
A 2010 Tribune investigation revealed that McCampbell had been paid $472,255 in 2009 for holding 10 job titles — from mayoral assistant to public safety CEO — in the town of 20,000 and from cashing out a generous allowance of unused sick and vacation time. When McCampbell retired early the next year, the pay spike inflated his annual pension to about a quarter of a million dollars — then the highest of any retiree in the statewide pension system that serves municipal workers outside Chicago.