By: Diane Benjamin
A reader sent an email to Paul Shannon at the Bloomington Election Commission detailing Bloomington’s Public Comment policy. He asked Paul why the Election Commission doesn’t have the same policy.
This was Shannon’s reply:
He then went on to cite the law.
What “current situation” Mr. Shannon? You can’t be talking about what happened on Monday because that wasn’t public comment. The meeting was illegal, so public comment could not have happened!
I hope Mr Shannon realizes that “restrictive” public comment policies can be illegal.
Oh, forgot. I’m wondering if the guy who failed to comply with the Open Meetings Act twice this week knows the law. Actually it was three times because the Commission met in a different room on Monday to determine what to do next.
So far I haven’t filed the OMA violations with the Attorney General. If I see a bad public comment policy, I will and add that to the list. Maybe Lisa Madigan will be forced to rule based on the abuse from just this week.