By: Diane Benjamin
I’ve heard for years that Executive Sessions are secret. Council members have been threatened with censure if they talk about anything said behind closed doors.
The threats are illegal!
Local government has used threats because either they don’t know the law or they want to keep information from the public.
Read what the Illinois Appellate court’s position on the Open Meetings Act:
“There is nothing in the Act that provides a cause of action against a public body for disclosing information from a closed meeting.” (read page 9, paragraph 609 of this Illinois Appellate Case)
The Open Meetings Act was written to guarantee citizens have access to their government.
(Isn’t in sad that laws are needed to make elected officials transparent!)
Below is the City’s code for Executive Sessions: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=262
There is Nothing in the City Code to prevent council members from talking about the Giebelhausen plan and comments made by other Council members behind closed doors.
The public has a right to know what their government is doing. We know the plan details. We know Huff’s are getting bailed out, and so is CEFCU. We know the property will NOT be shovel ready as Tari claims.
Let’s see tonight who has enough courage to say publicly what happened behind closed doors. Then let’s see who attacks them for being transparent.
“There is no provision in the constitution or the Open Meetings Act which expressly authorizes public bodies to sanction their members for revealing what went on during a closed meeting, and there is clearly no constitutional provision from which one may imply such powers.”
Cub Foods just announced they are closing. Mitsubishi Motors is deciding whether to close the plant.
Anybody count all the empty store fronts around town?
Tari has been Mayor for 2 years.
Is the local economy better or worse?
Maybe he can he blame previous mayor Stockton.