By: Diane Benjamin
Below is the video shot by John Kraft of Edgar County Watchdogs at the meeting to hear the protest to Renner’s petitions. John kept the video running after the meeting was recessed. At 6:48 Jason Chambers, State’s Attorney, announced he was not going to intervene because his office would be responsible for prosecuting if the meeting was illegal. He did the right thing. At 11:59 Robert Day, the BEC lawyer, is discussing the people disrupting the meeting with the Bloomington Police officer. The video I posted yesterday is difficult to hear, this is a little better.
A guy from WGLT was sitting next to John Kraft. The Pantagraph reporter was across the room. Both reported Kevin Gerrard called Renner a name, it is on the tape. Gerrard was responding to something Renner said to him. Both WGLT and the Pantagraph left that out, however I can’t hear what Renner said. The comments are on this tape at 16:50.
WGLT reported the Bloomington Police and a Sheriff showed up. The video clearly shows two Bloomington Police officers, no one from the Sheriff’s department came. The first policeman called his Lieutenant because he wasn’t sure what he should do. This more proof the local media is incompetent! TV10 from ISU also reported. They put Kirk Allen’s name on the screen while Robert Day was being interviewed: http://tv10.illinoisstate.edu/
Obviously citizens need to video every meeting themselves. It could be the only proof of what really happened.
The short video below was taken to prove the Bloomington Election Commission recessed into another Open Meetings Act violation. Kirk Allen of Edgar County Watchdogs can be heard saying this meeting is illegal, Tari Renner can also be heard telling Kirk that he gets things wrong. Note, Tari thought it was just fine the Commission met against the law to discuss how to proceed. This is the equivalent of you getting stopped for speeding, telling the officer you are very late for work, and expecting to not get a ticket. Either laws apply to both citizens and government or they shouldn’t apply to anybody! Tari, since the meeting was rescheduled for Thursday, Kirk was right.
Do you want to live in a City where government doesn’t have to follow the law?