By: Diane Benjamin
On January 23rd WGLT had an intriguing story. I was hoping some other media cared or WGLT would do a followup because it left too many questions unanswered.
According to the story, WGLT got their hands on some emails between Bloomington attorney Jeff Jurgens and the State’s Attorney office. Jurgens wanted a secret briefing for the City Council on the Coliseum prosecutions.
Jurgens is supposedly well versed in municipal law, so he would know that secret meeting would violate the Open Meetings Act. State’s Attorney Jason Chambers refused the meeting on those grounds.
Other than it looks like somebody told Jurgens to request the meeting, and maybe the $80,000 a month his firm gets from Bloomington every month possibly jaded his ethics, why did the City want the meeting?
Even weirder, the emails were sent last September.
Since the emails were between the City of Bloomington and the State’s Attorneys office, one of them leaked the information to WGLT.
The question is why was it leaked? Was it to justify the prosecutors asking to remove one of John Butler’s attorneys because he was also representing Tari Renner in his criminal case?
That story was in the paper on January 11th and had this statement: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/state-seeks-lawyer-s-removal-from-butler-s-team/article_1e44e1f3-6b85-5089-81da-8bfddf5e9cde.html
Too many questions weren’t answered:
- What was Jeff Jurgens thinking when he asked for the meeting?
- Who at the City put Jurgens up to asking and why?
- Was somebody at the City scared they might get prosecuted for failing to oversee the Coliseum operations?
- Who leaked the information to WGLT and why?
WGLT has some of those answers, evidently they have dropped the issue. Were they just “useful idiots” by reporting the story in the first place?
Since the emails make the City look ridiculous, who do you think leaked the information and why to WGLT?
Those must be questions we aren’t supposed to ask!