By: Diane Benjamin
In January I told you I had filed a lawsuit against the Town of Normal for a 3 1/2 hour Executive Session. A check had been written to a consultants for more than $5000 labeled “planning session”. Details here: https://blnnews.com/2018/01/31/normal-investigated-and-sued/
Thursday was the first court date, Judge Foley dismissed the case. Even though I had proof I had filed with the Attorney General’s office within the 60 day time frame in the law, it didn’t matter.
Laws are written by the government for the government. I didn’t even know the AG didn’t receive my email for more than 60 days. It’s not like this office hasn’t failed to respond or act quickly before – it’s how they do business. The link above shows another case I filed with them that they are investigating – another Open Meetings Act violation.
The attorney for Normal, Brian Day, said something I found funny in court. He claimed they were discussing the appointment of a public official.
For 3 1/2 hours!
Anybody buying that?
Normal just voted to not release the minutes of the meeting. The only way you will ever find out what they were really discussing is to replace the majority of the council. The current batch would rather hide what they are doing than let the people paying the bills know. Secret meetings make them feel important while sticking you with the bills.
Maybe they were discussing who should handle the bankruptcy. Koosville isn’t looking real good right now.