By: Diane Benjamin
Don’t get excited, Illinois doesn’t have prosecutors – nothing will happen.
Email received by FOIA:
Obviously this is a gift to every employee, they don’t have to earn the $60. The employees don’t have contracts requiring the Town to give them Christmas presents.
How much did the Town give away?
That is 25% of the amount the Town needed to not increase your property taxes! It also isn’t divisible by 60. Considering Normal reported 658 employees to the Comptroller, every employee didn’t get this. Illinois Comptroller
Same rules apply as in Carlock story: https://blnnews.com/2019/12/19/carlock-illegal-employee-christmas/
Bonuses are a violation of the law and considered a gift unless it is written into the employment agreements with a measurable result in order to qualify for the bonus.
What is the Public Purpose? Why not give all employees $1000 or $20? Does $60 each get whatever result the Town was going for? If yes, what was it? Votes? Keep your mouth shut? Appreciation? How is Town appreciation using taxpayer money a public purpose?
Isn’t this the same thing as using taxpayers money to send sympathy flowers? Real appreciation is using your own money!
How do I know there are no prosecutors? This isn’t the first year Normal has done this!