Mayor Renner commits a FELONY?

by:  Diane Benjamin

At last Monday’s City Council meeting Mayor Renner admitted to committing a FELONY.

Below is the archived video from the City’s YouTube channel.  Start watching at 1:33:00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8kkBwBCGEA

Mayor Renner proclaimed a new Art Gallery is now open – in his office!  A citizens hung paintings on consignment on Public Property.  His office has a complete list along with prices.  Not only is it illegal for him to conduct business in his office, but other public employees are forced to participate in his absence.  They have keys to his office and the price list.

From the Illinois Constitution:

Article VIII

SECTION 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
    (a)  Public funds, property or credit shall be used
 only for public purposes.

Violating the constitution, specifically that section on public funds is ALWAYS prosecuted as Official Misconduct.  That is where the felony comes in.

(720 ILCS 5/33-3) (from Ch. 38, par. 33-3)
Sec. 33-3. Official Misconduct.) A public officer or employee or special government agent commits misconduct when, in his official capacity or capacity as a special government agent, he commits any of the following acts:
(a) Intentionally or recklessly fails to perform any

mandatory duty as required by law; or

        (b) Knowingly performs an act which he knows he is

forbidden by law to perform; or

        (c) With intent to obtain a personal advantage for

himself or another, he performs an act in excess of his lawful authority; or

        (d) Solicits or knowingly accepts for the performance

of any act a fee or reward which he knows is not authorized by law.

    A public officer or employee or special government agent convicted of violating any provision of this Section forfeits his office or employment or position as a special government agent. In addition, he commits a Class 3 felony.

Where was City Manager David Hales?  Where are the City Attorneys?  Mayor Renner isn’t smart enough to know that business can not be conducted from City Hall?

Mayor Renner teaches political science and doesn’t know his actions are Official Misconduct?

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