The Illinois State Police are reviewing documents related to the Plainfield Park District, it was disclosed this week.
The Will County state's attorney's office had been reviewing the documents and requested a "more formal investigation" Monday by the state police.
Will County state's attorney spokesman Chuck Pelkie declined to specify what documents the state's attorney's office had reviewed.
A spokewoman for the state police Tuesday would only say that the agency is reviewing the documents to determine what action it might take.
Pelkie said that when officials from the state's attorney met with the state police Monday, they "discussed various aspects of what we had reviewed and potential statutes that might apply."
The state's attorney's office had received the documents soon after a park district board meeting at which a commissioner alleged park board President Peter Hurtado benefited from a lighting contract awarded to his daughter's boyfriend.
Hurtado, who has denied any wrongdoing, said he welcomed an investigation.
"I think that's the best thing that can happen right now," he said. "I need to clear my name."
In recent weeks, residents also have raised questions regarding the hiring of park commissioner Peter Steinys' son-in-law.
They also have questioned a project awarded to Government Utilities Technology Services to update the park district's computer servers. Government Utilities Technology Services lists former Executive Director Garrett Peck's company, MagikTech, as a "business partner" on its website. A recent notation to the company's website, however, notes that MagikTech is not a "financial partner."
The park board has come under fire since last May when a new majority — Hurtado and new elected commissioners Steinys and Janet Silosky — was seated. The trio drew fire when they hired Peck, also a Plainfield village trustee, as executive director. Peck, who had a three-year contract with the district, resigned in January.
Residents have packed recent meetings asking for the majority to resign and questioning actions of the board.
Hurtado has said he hopes to change some park board policies to provide board oversight on more issues. One of the policies he hopes to change would decrease the amount that can be spent without prior board approval. Currently, the executive director can spend up to $20,000 without prior board approval. Hurtado said he would like to change that limit to $10,000.
Park commissioners meet next at 6 p.m. March 4.