By: Diane Benjamin
At the end of April Alderwoman Stearns is leaving the Bloomington City Council. She chose not to run for re-election.
Back in November of 2013 – way over 1 year ago – Stearns walked out of an Executive Session (Council’s Secret meeting) because she felt Mayor Renner was violating the Open Meetings Act.
If you remember, the Pantagraph even printed a story when she filed a Request For Review concerning the violation with the Attorney General’s office.
See these two stories:
This story from September 2014 details what Stearns took issue with:
The minutes of the illegal meeting have been released. The only thing left is a ruling by the Attorney General and an order to release the tape of the meeting. If the AG rules the Mayor broke the law, the citizens have a right to hear it for themselves.
I asked the AG’s office again today for a ruling, and got the same response I’ve received since last summer:
Greetings Ms. Benjamin:
Thank you for your correspondence concerning Request for Review 2013-PAC-27199. This matter is still currently pending review, however, we hope to resolve the matter as soon as practicably possible. At that time, determination letters will be sent to both parties. Thank you again for your correspondence and please do not hesitate to contact this office should you have further questions or concerns.
Christopher R. Boggs
Assistant Attorney General, Public Access Bureau
Office of the Attorney General
500 S. Second St.
Springfield, IL 62706
Meanwhile, the City may go ahead and destroy the tape even though the investigation isn’t closed.
So, Judy doesn’t get justice before leaving office.
The citizens don’t get timely justice.
Tari Renner is allowed to hide behind Lisa Madigan.
Isn’t Illinois GREAT!