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Things not to say during government hearings

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Betzy Cowan, who worked for McLean County Clerk Peggy Ann Milton, has filed a complaint with the state Department of Labor (DOL) seeking $3,000 in unpaid overtime.

Testifying in a misconduct hearing against Milton last year, Cowan said her boss frequently asked her to shuttle Milton’s children home on county time. The allegations stood alongside charges that Milton stole county postage, using it to mail American Diabetes Association brochures.

Milton, who was acquitted, said Cowan did take her children home many times, but not on the clock, adding that Cowan often worked late.

Oops. That was the opening Cowan needed to claim overtime pay for time spent working late and attending staff meetings. The questions the DOL will now have to answer are: How late did she work, and how often? And what do the pay records show?

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