Channahon prez charged with not filing taxes

August 30, 2011 11:02:12 AM PDT
Southwest suburban Channahon's village president is facing federal charges.

The Justice Department is accusing Joe Cook of not filing federal tax returns for four years, during which he allegedly earned approximately $250,000 in gross income from two public jobs and a private consulting business.

Cook is charged in a six-count criminal indictment that he did not file a federal income tax return from 2005 to 2008 and also not filing a corporate tax return in 2007.

According to the charges, Cook earned gross income from at least three sources ? Channahon, Will County and a private company, Phase One, ? totaling approximately $69,672 in 2005, $82,542 in 2006, $60,304 in 2007 and $39,066 in 2008, but did not file federal individual tax returns.

Cook, 45, was re-elected to his post as village president earlier this year.

ABC7 is trying to reach him for comment on the charges.

Channahon straddles Will and Grundy counties approximately 50 miles southwest of Chicago

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