Missing Minutes is a pattern

By:  Diane Benjamin

In the past month I had to file a FOIA request for the missing Sister Cities Committee minutes:    https://blnnews.com/2018/04/18/cut-sister-cities/

I also had to file for the minutes missing from the Police Safety and Community Relations Board (PSCRB):    https://blnnews.com/2018/05/17/pscrb-update-police-review-board/

The March and April Liquor Commission minutes are also missing:

Tari needs to tell us again about his A+ Transparency Award.

That was YEARS ago and he would never get another one because posting minutes is one of the requirements.

The City must like FOIA requests.

I wouldn’t have to file them if the person responsible for posting them did his/her job.

Last Monday Tari made an appointment to a Board with no links to agendas or minutes:  Property Maintenance Review Board


No minutes are posted this year for the Zoning Board of Appeals:    Zoning Board of Appeals

No minutes are posted this year for the Transportation Committee:  Transportation Committee

No minutes are posted this year for the Human Relations Commission:  Human Relations Commission

I’m not going to look at every Board and Commission listed, but the above proves a pattern of not caring about transparency.

I wonder if the Illinois Policy Institute can revoke the award?

Don’t forget, the City purposefully didn’t release the financial statements from last year when they were completed.  The data the City submitted to the State appeared on the Comptroller’s website BEFORE the City released the information to you.     https://blnnews.com/2017/12/11/comptroller-beat-bloomington/












6 thoughts on “Missing Minutes is a pattern

  1. Renner “accepted” the award on behalf of the City’s IT Department. It is not his award for transparency. I believe all of the “awards” that are received by the City are paid for through registration/application. Even the award for CT was “paid” for, not spontaneously awarded.


      1. Was there an application or did the IPI search Bloomington out to give the award? I keep thinking about Hales and his “financial management awards” that were paid for through membership dues.

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  2. What IS the problem here? IT’s SIMPLE accounting. PERIOD! Now if a blogger can take the time to research the numbers, data, facts, etc, THEN I would imagine the city with it’s PAID EMPLOYEES WHO DRAW A PENSION could at least do their damn job and post the data on a TIMELY manner! SIMPLE, huh?
    NO EXCUSE!!!!!!!!!!!
    Makes me wonder IF they balance their OWN checkbook??


    1. I think your preaching to the chorus. Suppose,the very same employees that you are demanding from, were instructed to do as they are told by people responsible for signing the checks? If your job is on the line?


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