By: Diane Benjamin
Remember when the media did a story Chris Koos evidently fed to them about Stan Nord going rogue? Koos wrote a letter to Tari Renner and the media ended up with it.
Let’s start with Koos’ first claim: a Normal Council member went “lone wolf” to recruit across borders.
I had filed a FOIA request before this incident for all emails between City Manager Pam Reece and Stan Nord. I wanted to see conversations. I finally received it yesterday.
Start with this email from Stan Nord to Pam Reece. Note Chris Koos and Scott Preston RECEIVED this email too:
Chris Koos: Please explain where Stan Nord went “lone wolf”.
The story is obviously just what Nord told the media. He was contacted by a company who wanted to locate in Uptown and he forwarded the information to City Manager Pam Reece and copied Koos and another member of the council.
It gets better!
This is Reece’s reply to Stan’s email, also copying the same Chris Koos and Scott Preston:
Some things to note:
Both emails are dated June 20th, the Pantagraph story with Koos’ letter is dated July 17th. Chris Koos was on a campaign to shut down Stan Nord and Karyn Smith for weeks, he was failing because taxpayers loved how both are saving them money.
Chris Koos needs to explain why his first statement about Stan Nord going “lone wolf” is not a flat out lie!
The emails prove Nord wasn’t “lone wolf”. Chris Koos knew, Pam Reece knew, and so did two other people.
Why would any company want to locate in Normal where lying is evidently sanctioned by the Town leaders?
Scott Preston: You allowed the media to print Koos’ allegations and said nothing? Where is your credibility?
Pam Reece: Ditto for you. Is your character non existent? You are a public servant?
Media: Your ability to fact check before writing a story proves local media is corrupt, feckless, or just plain useless. WGLT did the same story.
Did you get played or were you complicit?