By: Diane Benjamin
The local paper has an article about the Cease and Desist email Bruce Meeks sent to the mayor. See it HERE
I don’t know what the writer means saying Meeks is “raising questions” about the airline ticket to Japan, but I wonder why Renner chose to go after Bruce Meeks when I was the one who found it. It was first reported by the Edgar County watchdogs on July 30, 2017: Bloomingtons Mayor Renner Has City Pay For Girlfriends Japan Trip
Has the Pantagraph ever asked the Council why they approved payment of a plane ticket for a non-employee?
Once Tari determines his “talking points”, he repeats them over and over hoping people will eventually take them as fact.
No Tari, Bruce has never sued the City of Bloomington. Filing Request for Reviews with the Attorney General’s office is not a lawsuit. Since Tari can’t produce a police report where he was “assaulted”, maybe he’s dropped that claim.
Requests for Review are the only outlet citizens have to make sure the law is followed by public bodies. Keep in mind the City of Blooming has been found guilty of Open Meeting Act violations. Other procedures, like committees and public comment, had to be changed to comply with the law because citizens like Bruce Meeks filed with the AG’s office. If the law mattered to Renner and company such filings would never be needed.
The story ends with a statement about Renner reimbursing the City for his girlfriend’s plane ticket, it almost sounds like the writer thinks the issue is petty.
The charge is being investigated by the Illinois State Police because of this statement in the Illinois Constitution: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con8.htm
It’s pretty short.
It’s really clear too.
It is illegal in the State of Illinois to use government funds for any purpose that doesn’t serve the public.
Tari borrowed money from the City via a PCard for Margot’s plane ticket. That would be CREDIT.
Imagine the chaos if every one of the City’s over 200 PCard holders made personal charges and reimbursed them too. The City would need another employee just to track all the charges and payments. That’s why it’s illegal under the law and clearly spelled out in the City’s PCard policy that personal purchases are not allowed.
By not reporting what the law says, the Pantagraph is promoting the same acrimony Renner spouts to any media source that allows him to open his mouth. His supporters on Facebook are calling the State Police investigation a witch hunt. It isn’t, it’s called investigating a crime. Since it is taking months, are they investigating other things?
We will find out eventually. Tari has reason to be scared.