By: Diane Benjamin
See yesterday’s story: https://blnnews.com/2020/01/20/ever-heard-of-the-public-building-commission/
Frist, there is State Law governing Public Building Commissions – it was enacted in 1955:
- They are separate from other government agencies
- They have to keep minutes, receipts and disbursement records
- They are subject to an annual audit
- They can sign contracts and borrow money
I have found no evidence the above is open to the public.
It gets better:
At the December 10th, 2019 McLean County Executive Committee meeting they approved an amended “lease” with the Public Building Commission. See all the documents here: Executive Committee 12-10-2019
This is from the minutes of the same meeting: https://www.mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/7081
It’s very comforting to know government planned to take care of themselves in case efforts to curb spending were enacted.
The point of this conversation is: There is no transparency.
This group of unelected people gets a boatload of tax dollars every year and does not provide taxpayers with any information.
I want the minutes since 2015, records of receipts and expenditures since 2015, and a copy of every annual audit,
Those will likely produce more questions. I hope none of the commissioners are getting paid, the law linked above says they can’t collect.
Everything may be handled perfectly, but since no one is watching – what are the chances of that happening?