By: Diane Benjamin
Follow-up to this story: https://blnnews.com/2017/06/02/b-n-is-getting-the-delphi-treatment/
(It won’t be the only one!)
The Bloomington Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is trying to get out of complying with the Open Meetings Act. What does the Open Meetings Act say?
OMA applies to all “public bodies”: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=84&ChapterID=2
I’d love to know what grounds they have to change the law!
It helps to know who is on the Board of the CVB. At least some are people who think laws don’t apply to them:
9 members and 6 of them are elected to city or county government.
Keep the names in mind when they later discuss this project in open meetings and act like they aren’t 100% on board.
Because these 9 people passed a Position Statement fully supporting a sports complex. Conspiracy to deceive?
See the position statement below. It almost seems like they were in a different meeting with the Kim Group than their sports subcommittee as reported in the previous story.
Claims made to promote building the Coliseum were just as reckless and useless. The projections have never been close to reality.
Note all the new low wage jobs they are touting! Yep, quality of life.
Also referenced is the Rockford sports complex. That complex is indoor and downtown. It is drawing fewer people than projected, but that fact isn’t mentioned.
ECONOMIC IMPACT is also mentioned – another meaningless number which just sounds good. Again, actual projected tax receipts are never presented.
They also ignore the fact that most residents live on the east side of town. The proposed complex will be built on the far west side.
Will crappy roads through questionable areas of town make you want to drive west?
Should roads be the first priority or more Quality of Life? Read the statement – then look again at the Board who approved it. This document was obtained by FOIA – one that didn’t need to be filed with anybody on the Board, I received it in less than 24 hours. (Doesn’t happen with Bloomington or Normal)
How many other “groups” should be complying with OMA but aren’t? Stay tuned.