By: Diane Benjamin
Not In Our Town didn’t care when the mayor of Bloomington abused numerous citizens with vile comments. They didn’t care when he attacked an elected alderman. He used his position to intimidate people with different opinions. How is that any different than Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, and Harvey Weinstein? Because sex isn’t involved? All of them thought they were invincible and could act as despicably as they wanted. Tari Renner is no different as evidenced by his PCard abuse and condescending attitude.
Now Renner and NIOT gang expect the citizens of Bloomington to “welcome” people in this country illegally to Bloomington. They want to declare “open borders” for people who have no right to be here. Governor Rauner already declared Illinois a sanctuary state, so what’s the purpose?
Why would Mike Matejka support people willing to work cheaper than his union buddies? Mike? Mike?
This ordinance was discussed on Tuesday at the Springfield City Council meeting: http://www.springfieldcityclerk.com/Government/PDFHandler.ashx?itemID=753&itemType=MeetingAtt
We hear lots of local reports of gun fire, assaults, and robberies – at least the ones the media bothers to report. Are there any stories of illegals being abused other than by the people whose job it is to enforce the laws? Are laws immaterial to illegals just like they are to government? Is the purpose of this multi-city and state attack on enforcing immigration laws an attempt to create chaos? If we aren’t a country of laws, what are we?
Here’s the glitch:
The Open Meetings Act is the law in Illinois: (excerpts) http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=84&ChapterID=2
(5 ILCS 120/1)
(from Ch. 102, par. 41)
It is the public policy of this State that public bodies exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business and that the people have a right to be informed as to the conduct of their business.
The General Assembly further declares it to be the public policy of this State that its citizens shall be given advance notice of and the right to attend all meetings at which any business of a public body is discussed or acted upon in any way.
Last Monday so many people wanting the City Council to stop the police from working with ICE tried to attend the meeting they wouldn’t all fit in the room. The ordinance wasn’t even on the agenda, it was merely an attempt to force the Council to bring it up.
How many people will show up when it IS on the agenda? People opposed to wanting laws ignored will also show up this time. If the council chambers can’t accommodate every citizen who wants to be in the room, the meeting will violate the Open Meetings Act. If Tari Renner holds the meeting anyway it will prove he has no respect for the law and everything voted on at the meeting can be reversed – even if it takes going to court.
The City Council will be starting a war between people who value the law and those they want to rule based on “feelings”. They are encouraging anarchy by all citizens who will feel if some people can re-write the law, they can too.
Is this ordinance worth the expense of moving a City Council meeting to a larger venue? Is it worth the police protection that will be required to maintain order? The supporters Monday night were allowed to applaud their speakers thus disrupting the meeting. The opposition should be afforded the same right since the precedence has been set.
Will Tari Renner be allowed to shuffle the comment cards so only his supporters get to speak? Funny how last Monday the ACLU, a pro-illegal immigration lawyer, and several professionals supporting the change got to speak, Renner mentioned there wasn’t time for everyone who signed up. Will public comment be extended so more than 10 people can be heard if 20 or 30 sign up to speak?
The City Council is being asked to declare laws don’t matter. Are “feelings” worth the trouble this is going to bring?
If you live in Bloomington: Ask your alderman!
The City attorney has been notified.