By: Diane Benjamin
I’m only writing because I received a ruling from the Attorney General yesterday regarding the Bloomington Election Commission’s violation of the Open Meetings Act.
It still stands that I am not going to work for mostly free. If everything I have exposed the last five years isn’t worth $5 or $10 a month to you, then it isn’t worth my time to expose it. Details HERE
This is one of the original stories: https://blnnews.com/2016/12/07/bloomington-election-commission-a-third-open-meetings-violation/
Holding the Bloomington Election Commission accountable was important because they had previously thrown an alderwoman off the ballot for improper petitions, but a court allowed her back on because BEC had violated the Open Meetings Act.
The Attorney General ruled that BEC did violate the Open Meetings Act on several counts. First, the December 5th was not properly posted – BEC claims it was on oversight. (Try telling an officer that the next time you are stopped for speeding)
If you remember seeing the video of the December 5th meeting, the Edgar County Watchdogs were present. They informed the Board the meetings was illegal before it started. Kirk Allen then interrupted the meeting, again saying it was illegal. At this point the Board was exceptionally flustered and decided to recess to a private meeting. Get ready: They told the AG they were only discussing a party for a retiring employee. Truth evidently doesn’t matter. The AG claimed they couldn’t tell what happened since I don’t have audio of a private meeting – just video of them through the windows.
I also filed a complaint against them because adopting rules for public comment was not listed on the agenda for the meeting when they were adopted. BEC was found guilty on that count too.
See the entire ruling 45469 o 202a improper 2a proper 202c improper elec bd
No penalties were not assessed against them. The AG said the Board needs to re-vote the rules since the first vote wasn’t legal. Obviously, none of that matters now. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” only applies to us peons. Government has no consequences for untruthful statements or not following the law.
The only bright spot here is I filed in December and received a ruling in April. It still did nothing to hold BEC accountable, they are a repeat offender. Equal justice under the law doesn’t exist.
I still have a pending Request of Review with the AG concerning the Metro Zone executive session. I suspect it will be more of the same.
Only because I like it: