Flener Steps Down From Benton-West City Chamber of Commerce Board

(BENTON, IL) — Chris Flener is no longer a member of the Benton-West City Chamber of Commerce Board. Flener made his announcement through an email to chamber members and the media Wednesday. Over the past couple of weeks, Flener has sent emails to chamber members saying the chamber lacks professionalism and continues to violate its bylaws when it comes to the chamber’s finances. In his email, Flener is calling for the creation of the Benton Area Business Association and/or the removal of the board as a whole of the Chamber of Commerce. He also would like to see the Chamber bring in an outside auditor to review financial records from the past three years saying there are clear errors that need to be professionally reviewed for impropriety. The Chamber was recently dissolved by the Secretary of State’s Office. The Chamber was notified earlier this month that it had been reinstated by the Secretary of State’s office, but is still not in good standing with the Attorney General’s office.