Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Shop with a cop

“Shop with a cop” has been in the news recently, after Republican candidate for McHenry County Sheriff Zane Seipler questioned the use of McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies, vehicles and County fuel in the program.

In yesterday’s article in the Northwest Herald (“Challenger files claims”), reporter Jill Duchnowski wrote that Shop with a Cop is organized by the McHenry County Police Charities, Inc.

Are any departments this year participating in Shop with a Cop? If so, they might want to have their lawyers contact McHenry County Police Charities, Inc. and find out why it is not in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. My understanding is that, in order to conduct business legally in Illinois, a corporation is to be in good standing.

The remedy could be as simple as filing its Annual Report and paying the required fee, now plus a late-filing penalty. The Annual Report lists the names and addresses of officers of a corporation and also the name and address of the Registered Agent for the corporation. The Registered Agent is important for any subpoenas or for legal service of notices of legal action against the corporation.

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