Tiffany Henyard: Illinois Mayor Accused Of Spending $7m Taxpayers’ Fund On Vegas Trip, Other Expenses

BY Dora Abena Dzaka January 15, 2024 9:16 PM EDT
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Tiffany Henyard, the mayor of a small town in Illinois is being accused of using taxpayers’ money for an opulent trip to Las Vegas and using same on other unspecified expenses.

Dolton Village, a little more than 20 miles from Chicago, is led by Mayor Tiffany Henyard. She was the first woman to hold the position after being elected in 2021.

According to information available, Brittney Norwood, a Dolton trustee in charge of this small Illinois village’s finances, complained about growing debt due to Henyard’s spending habits and accused her of fraud.

In a December lawsuit alleging Henyard misappropriated money, she is named as a defendant.

“The defendant’s actions, as alleged, constitute fraud upon the residents and taxpayers of the village,” excerpts of the lawsuit reportedly read. “Because Defendant is preventing the Plaintiff Trustees from accessing village accounts and financial information, it is unknown how much money has been misappropriated by Defendant.”

The New York Post claimed that Mayor Tiffany Henyard spent almost $4,000 on round-trip airfares to Las Vegas, hundreds of dollars at restaurants, and thousands on personal security. In the end, it diverts the officers’ attention from their responsibilities of keeping the 20,600-person small town safe.

She also came under fire for hiring DJs for board meetings and putting up pricey billboards in the village to promote herself. She proposed a ninety percent pay cut last month in an attempt to discourage contenders from challenging her. She will be able to keep her yearly check for $224,00 if she wins.

“I feel like I live in a dictatorship,” Norwood said to Fox News. “I never stop believing. Before I leave for the meetings, I always say a prayer, asking God to change her.”

Norwood noted that if Mayor Henyard’s spending isn’t controlled, the village will go bankrupt.

According to the outlet, she asserts that Dolton owes $7 million and counting. The trustees therefore hope that the court will hold Henyard accountable.

“I believe that the residents ought to be aware of her manipulative behavior. I therefore want them to know that we stood up for what was right. All we ask is that she act in the best interests of the community and with transparency.”