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County clerk fined $500 for using government Wi-Fi during his re-election campaign

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A longtime court clerk in suburban Chicago used personal electronic devices when he was attending to matters related to his re-election campaign.

But County Clerk Jack Cunningham did some campaign work on those devices while using the Kane County’s Wi-Fi system, leading to an investigation of Cunningham by a special prosecutor after an opponent in the Republican primary complained, the Chicago Tribune reports.

On Thursday, saying that he “was careless” and needs to “be more cognizant,” clerk Jack Cunningham pleaded guilty to violating the county’s ethics code. He will pay the maximum fine of $500, plus $45 in court costs.

Special prosecutor Charles Colburn said the offense was too minor to be pursued under state law, explaining: “If he had been running his whole campaign out of the clerk’s office, that would have been different. But that was not the case here.”

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