By: Diane Benjamin
I’ve written many times about the Illinois Municipal League. This story is from March of 2016: https://blnnews.com/2016/03/29/the-iml-scam/
A reader sends me the frequent newsletters sent by IML to government officials. The latest proves they are pro-government, anti-transparency, and anti-citizens. Both Bloomington and Normal love to spend tax dollars attending their events.
IML is against HB 2810. This is a bill that would require every unit of government with a budget in excess of $1,000,000 to have a website. IML opposes it because it is a mandate. Websites can be created for free. IML would rather citizens not have access to information. I know of a township that tonight thinks they can discuss a budget, financial reports, and award contracts in Executive Session (secret meeting). They have a mostly blank Facebook page, no agenda is posted. The IML must think this is just fine.
IML is also opposed to HB 3651 for the same reason. This bill would require credit card receipts be posted to the website. This would eliminate the need for many FOIA requests, It would also make credit card abuse more visible, of course IML would oppose it.
IML also opposes HB 2206. From the IML newsletter:
What the bill REALLY says:
This bill does nothing to jeopardize the health and safety of a community. Get a warrant or a court order to inspect properties if there is a problem. Has the Illinois Municipal League read the 4th Amendment?
Newly elected aldermen and trustees should avoid this indoctrination. It is a way for IML to make money and remove any thought that the elected work for the people.
I know some of the newly elected representatives have already been contacted so they can find out “how the Council works”. They weren’t elected to represent government, very few current aldermen and trustees seem to know that.