By: Diane Benjamin
I was looking for something else when I did a FOIA for emails recently. It never fails to amaze me what some elected officials will put in writing when they think it’s a secret. Emails are part of the public record because State law requires all deliberations be done openly in front of taxpayers. They seem to forget that government has NO money that isn’t stolen from the people.
But, we are in Illinois where laws for elected officials don’t matter and finding a prosecutor is next to impossible. More on that in the coming days, maybe a week.
The email below, written by Diana Hauman, sure looks like she could care less what people at Public Comment say. If you ever attend a Council meeting you will see many of the Alderman never look at the speaker. Of course the camera never shows that in the live stream. Even if they are frequent speakers, these citizens put a lot of thought into what they are saying. They give up their time to come. Many produce good facts and well structured reasoning, and MANY citizens agree with what they say. Hauman doesn’t care because these citizens get in the way of plotting her utopian agenda.
I wonder if she will ignore the tiny Bike Blono minority too?
Not a chance since the Council thinks a few bikers deserve their own lanes while cars get less space. It’s just fine to have empty bike lanes most of the day, but car lanes can’t be empty for 1 minute. See this post for source: https://blnnews.com/2016/06/18/local-lunacy-you-pay-for/
Diana, this breakfast was DURING the week! Ever heard of jobs? People do actually get out of bed, get ready for work, hop in their car and go there because their boss expects them to. Council is a part-time job.
See this email:
Community Leaders should be listening to citizens instead of each other. Obviously Hauman doesn’t get that point.
Then Hauman questioned the City Manager’s report.
David Hales used to make a big deal about his AWARD WINNING monthly City Manager reports. They contain information the City never releases anywhere else (transparency). Of course it is difficult to convince citizens to add additional space to the library when traffic keeps going down. It’s also difficult to raise taxes when the Finance report shows receipts are above budget.
Alderman Diana Hauman doesn’t think the report should be done, or at least it should be changed:
Maybe Hauman doesn’t understand how all that data is complied. Every heard of performance metrics Diana? Hales has been measuring everything since ICMA told him to. Employees are probably driven nuts recording every detail of how long something takes – especially for police and fire. Where do you think response times come from? Since the data is already there, it’s not that difficult to put it in a report. Nora needs something to do and since she sent it to the Council it must be her job. Citizens deserve facts they aren’t getting anywhere else.
Got something against “Transparency” Diana?
I’m sure you do now with FOIA.