By: Diane Benjamin
Back in June the Village of Stanford Board approved a contract to tear down a house after a presentation by a relative of two board members. The presentation and vote were not on the agenda, so that vote was illegal.
See two stories: HERE
On the agenda under Legal – Mark McGrath attorney was a note:
310 N. Kathleen demolition
Mark McGrath did not attend the meeting. Instead, the Board slipped in the presentation and vote. Awarding a no-bid contract to a relative when the agenda only lists a discussion by a lawyer, violates the public’s right to know what their government is doing. (Open Meetings Act)
Back in November I sent this email to the state’s Attorney’s office:
Don Knapp sent them this email with my email included:
According to the FOIA I received, Stanford never responded to the State’s Attorney’s email:
The people we expect will hold “public servants” accountable aren’t going to. They can’t. Prosecuting violations of the law by government officials is way more than a full-time job. Lisa Madigan’s office can’t be our voice, and neither can the State’s Attorney’s office.
It has to be the citizens who hold local officials accountable. Not attending public meetings and not voting in local elections leaves them free to dream, plan, and spend your money any way they want.
The Founder’s knew our government system was wide open to corruption. They could have created government tyranny, but they chose to allow the people to govern themselves. When they don’t follow the law – it’s the fault of citizens.
Nobody is going to hold them accountable for you.
It’s your job.