By: Diane Benjamin
Laws most likely broken by the Town of Normal Council don’t matter because prosecutions need a prosecutor. The citizens of Normal don’t have one!
In case you forgot the facts, see this story: https://blnnews.com/2017/11/16/normal-your-government-is-fixed/
The Town held a Secret meeting (Executive Session) on August 11th at 9:30 in the morning.
The meeting lasted until 1:00. A payment was made to Lyle Sumek labeled “Planning Session” for $5,345.82. A FOIA request confirmed he was at this meeting.
The entire purpose of the Open Meetings Act is to ensure government is transparent. Citizens have a right to know what they are doing. They have no right to hold a secret planning session for 3 1/2 hours.
The first Council result of this “planning session” was a motion, a second, and a vote in 18 SECONDS to offer early buy outs to employees. Obviously the reason is also a secret since there was no discussion.
The Attorney General refuses to investigate because they claim they didn’t receive my email requesting it. Even sending them a copy didn’t help.
Jason Chamber’s State’s Attorneys Office refuses to look at the evidence because they claim the don’t do investigations.
So I contacted the State Police. They are forbidden by law from investigating Open Meeting act Violations.
Today I went to the Sheriff’s Office. They refused to take a complaint. Sgt. Jody May told me they would not investigate an Open Meetings Act violation.
Mayor Chris Koos is free to violate the law!
Congrats Normal, laws don’t apply to government because nobody will prosecute. This is all you need to know about why Illinois is corrupt. Flagrant violations have no penalties.
All that leaves is court. How much is it worth to know what they “planned” behind closed doors?