By: Diane Benjamin
The Town of Normal doesn’t want citizens showing up at meetings like they do in Bloomington. That is the reason their Public Comment policy requires citizens to sign up 2 hours before a meeting, not just walk in a fill out a card.
Remember the November 6, 2017 meeting where your property taxes were raised supposedly for pensions? https://blnnews.com/2017/11/07/normal-taxpayers-got-scammed/
5 citizens spoke, 3 in favor of increasing taxes!
The Town’s 2 hour policy made it possible to round-up 3 people to counter the two who spoke against increasing already outrageous property taxes.
I filed a Request for Review with Lisa Madigan’s office, but they refuse to do anything until a citizen is denied the right to speak. See the ruling: Public Comment
If anybody in Normal cares:
Go to the next meeting and request to speak 5 minutes before the meeting starts. If you are denied the right to speak, the Attorney General will stop the 2 hours sign-up policy. If you are allowed to speak, Normal just changed the policy without a vote.
Ending abuse of citizens in Normal starts here.
If this doesn’t happen Normal will continue to govern like laws don’t matter.