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By: Diane Benjamin
McLean County is the LEAST Transparent if any local government agency. Everything is a secret. Their Public Comment policy is illegal. If citizens want to speak at the next board meeting about something not on the agenda, they have to send a request to the County Administrator 5 DAYS before the meeting. (See County Board rules – starting on page 14 http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/index.aspx?nid=464) I thought they fixed it, but the policy is still on their website.
It gets worse. Let’s say 50 sign up to just say “Quit now Matt”, the chair can shut off public comment for being repetitive. Peasants have no rights before their overlords. Speakers have only 3 minutes each and a total of 15 minutes, also illegal.
Who has been in charge and creating all the darkness? The same guy who has known for at least three years he was being investigated by the FBI after being fired from State Farm. The same guy who has been covering for other elected officials – like County Auditor Michelle Anderson. https://blnnews.com/2013/04/30/mclean-county-government-corruption/
By the way, Anderson is up for election and unopposed in the primary. Celebrate now. Stop by her office and see the new furniture and artwork she bought with your money. https://blnnews.com/2014/04/16/1079-78-for-art-michelle-anderson/
I’ve heard from many people the Feds don’t file charges unless they can convict. We know State Farm fired Sorensen and McKinsey & Company – the employer of Matt’s alleged co-conspirator. We know State Farm contacted the FBI. We know the details of the case: https://blnnews.com/2016/01/05/sorensen-grand-jury-indictment/
The Board members who haven’t called for his resignation evidently haven’t read the details. Citizens have no proof Sorensen isn’t running the same scheme using the East-side Bypass and jail construction. The Board members and County Administrator don’t either. The Board already has a member fined $11,275 for failure to file campaign reports (Ben Owens), he should go too. How can a Board member manage millions of dollars without the ability to handle campaign funds properly? Be careful Ben, I still have the comment you posted on my site years ago and the email exchange that followed. He just settled with the State for $5,637.50.
The Illinois Policy Institute issued a 10-point checklist for government transparency. Renner loves to brag about Bloomington getting an award for transparency, the County has a score of “F”. See this link for explanations: http://www.illinoispolicy.org/10-point-transparency-checklist/
Citizens have a RIGHT to know how their dollars are spent. With Sorensen in charge, they didn’t. Why? What was he hiding?
I’m appalled at the comments made by most of the Board members. Owens proved why he is unfit to serve: “It takes very little to get indicted”? Owens and former Judge Caisley obviously didn’t get the facts before opening their mouths.
We will see whether the “good ole boys” club allows Sorensen to continue as Chair. We will see if the Pantagraph is going to circle the wagons to protect one of their own.
Maybe we will even see how much mud falls off Sorensen and onto his buddies.
Having an “F” transparency score means the County doesn’t want you to know what they are doing. This is a great opportunity to quit covering up illegal and questionable activities and start acting like public servants for a change.
If they don’t, they need replaced! You deserve better.