By: Diane Benjamin
Yesterday I did not receive a response from the State’s Attorney or the Sheriff. The illegal joint meeting between the Council and the Library Board took place.
Bloomington attorney Jeff Jurgens admitted in an email the two meetings now posted on the Library Board website were not posted 48 hours in advance. He used this excuse for why the meetings could be held anyway:
Section 2.02(b) specifically says that the “failure of a public body to post on its website notice of any meeting or the agenda of any meeting shall not invalidate any meeting or any actions taken at a meeting.” 5 ILCS 120/2.02(b).
Start the celebrating now! According to a LAWYER getting huge bucks from the City of Bloomington, NO public body ever has to post a meeting again! It’s immaterial that this section of the law hasn’t changed since 2013. Why has anybody been complying with posting agendas? According to Jurgens posting agendas is optional.
Seriously Jeff? Worse, the Sheriff and evidently the States Attorney’s office fell for the same gimmick. Jurgens quoted the last sentence in paragraph (b) while completely ignoring parts (a) and (c). That statement only applies if it was impossible to post to the website under extraordinary circumstances. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=84&ChapterID=2
The library has another illegal meeting tonight – that agenda was posted about 36 hours in advance – not the required 48.
Guarantee: Nobody will care, laws are for the serfs not government.
The report I received from the meeting:
Buragas and Mathy wanted to move the library closer to the BCPA. The rest of the Board has visions of a Utopian government complex and retail right where it is.
Since David Hales no longer shows comparative library traffic in his City Manager’s report, this is from the May Library packet: http://www.bloomingtonlibrary.org/Assets/files/bpl_board/boardpackets/2017/2017.0516bplboardpacket.pdf
Circulation continues to decline, but users are a little higher. The library is now a social and fun club where parents can take their kids for free or mostly free.
The essential services government is required to perform – like fix the roads – aren’t possible.
Quality of life at your expense is more important. The library needs more room to entertain.