By: Diane Benjamin
I’m not celebrating the State Police investigating Tari Renner’s use of a City PCard for a personal purchase. Being investigated is not the same as being prosecuted. We will find out if laws still matter, sometimes it’s hard to tell. Illinois Constitution:
Government officials and employees aren’t allowed to read the law the way they want it to be. It clearly states Public Money and Private Money MUST be kept separate. The coming days will be interesting! How many former mayors will defend Renner with something like “it’s always been done that way!”? “Always done that way” doesn’t make it legal.
The people of Dixon, Il thought they could trust their government too. The lady didn’t start out stealing lots of money, she worked her way up to it when nobody noticed the small stuff. The entire Japan trip needs investigated if for no other reason than the City is not responding to FOIA requests.
The Council needs to realizes this is all their fault. Some of them were on the Council when Tari announced a new art gallery in his office, including some by campaign donors. The Council did nothing. Tari is a repeat offender at violating the Open Meetings Act. Tari has a long history of demeaning speech against anybody who doesn’t agree with him. Remember his WRITTEN attack on Judy Stearns at a Council meeting? It took WAY TOO long for someone on the Council to stop him. In 2015 Tari got a censure that wasn’t called a censure-it was mostly meaningless. He has been embolden by every failure to hold him accountable. The Council has been acting like bobble-heads instead of the only people defending the taxpayers.
Frankly, I’d be happier if the State Police would wrap up the Coliseum investigation. Just this week I received a response to a FOIA request for documents in the case. These are the reason given for denying my request:
Draw your own conclusions!
A reader sent the audio below of ISU Finance Professor Dr. Alan Cring. Fast forward to 17:00. Besides being VERY entertaining, Dr Cring tells the story of Judy Markowitz and Tom Hamilton coming to the college he worked for (not ISU) to sell building the Coliseum. He notes a huge flaw in their presentation and what happened when he mentioned it to them.