Dunstan and Anderson

Recorder of Deeds Kyle Anderson gave a gift to Madison County Wednesday, signing over a $1,651.41 stipend he received from the state of Illinois.

Madison County Board President Alan Dunstan was on hand to accept a symbolic oversized check. Anderson signed the real check at a press conference held at the Madison County Governmental Administration Building.

Anderson has requested that some of the money be returned to his office in order to install a new video camera system and other safeguards to prevent property fraud.

"I'm giving that stipend to illustrate my commitment to the job as Recorder," Anderson told those assembled. "I'm doing the job as Recorder and I'm going to do it on the salary given to me by the County Board."

It is unclear what, if any, other downstate counties employ similar property fraud prevention measures in their offices.

Anderson has said the systems would be preventive in nature only and that Madison County does not have a problem with property fraud occurrences.

The cost of the system has not yet been determined, Anderson said, although it is likely to range up to $350.

Dunstan indicated in accepting the signed personal check that the money will return to the Recorder of Deeds' Office.

Anderson, a Democrat, has been in the job since February. He is currently running to retain the post.

He is opposed by Republican Matthew Rice.

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