Bloomington erases history

By:  Diane Benjamin

On tonight’s City Council agenda (from the packet):

FOR COUNCIL: August 24, 2015
SUBJECT: Consideration of approving the Council Proceedings of August 10, 2015.
RECOMMENDATION/MOTION: That the reading of the minutes of the previous Council
Proceedings of August 10, 2015, be dispensed with and the minutes approved as printed.

The City DOESN’T do Minutes!

The name was changed to “Record of Motions and Votes”, but that’s not even what they are.  Here’s what will be approved with no discussion tonight:

It contains more information than motions and votes, but leaves out any mention of Public Comment.  The City (Clerk) has completely erased part of the history of the meeting.  The Clerk, with Hales and the Council’s permission, is being allowed to exclude a part of the meeting.  Once the City starts deleting video, there will be no permanent record of what really happened.

The agenda calls for a vote on the “minutes” from August 10th.  Since minutes don’t exist, the vote is immaterial.

It’s very difficult to get all the I’s dotted and T’s crossed when trying to be deceptive.

Also on the agenda:

Ending CAPITALISM in Bloomington through tax abatements, more TIF districts, and adoption of a Comprehensive Plan where government makes all decisions.

“Friends of government” will prosper while existing businesses and taxpayers pay more so they can.

Expect more business to close soon.



5 thoughts on “Bloomington erases history

  1. You should have KNOWN this was going to happen! This way the future councils can “play the blame game” on past councils, mayors and CM’s and there’s NO RECORD of their stupidity! How about doing this with traffic tickets and fines, etc? Oh wait, that’s the chiefs job. It’s Illinois, and corruption rules! Pity the honest guy.


  2. Consent Agenda 7D: They are also amending the FY2016 budget to add $188,000 of spending. Apparently there was knowledge of the failing system in the Fire House but wasn’t put in the budget. Smart!?!?!?


  3. (65 ILCS 5/3.1-35-90) (from Ch. 24, par. 3.1-35-90)
    Sec. 3.1-35-90. Clerk; duties.
    (a) The municipal clerk shall keep the corporate seal, to be provided by the corporate authorities, and all papers belonging to the municipality the custody and control of which are not given to other officers. The clerk shall attend all meetings of the corporate authorities including executive sessions and keep a full record of their proceedings in the journal, except if the clerk is the subject matter of the meeting and his or her presence creates a conflict of interest. The record of those proceedings shall be made available for public inspection within 7 days after being approved or accepted by the corporate authorities as the official minutes of their proceedings.
    (b) The municipal clerk shall have other duties prescribed by the corporate authorities.
    (c) Copies of all papers duly filed in the clerk’s office and transcripts from the journals and other records and files of the clerk’s office, certified by the clerk under the corporate seal, shall be evidence in all courts in like manner as if the originals were produced.
    (Source: P.A. 96-294, eff. 8-11-09.)


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