By: Diane Benjamin
DON’T miss the Update to this story: https://blnnews.com/2020/02/04/normal-foia-fail/
At last Monday’s Council meeting Pam Reece stated the bonds owed for construction of the parking garage that houses the ISU Art Gallery does not require a fiduciary duty to lease the space for a profit.
Did anyone but me wonder about Normal’s fiduciary duty to taxpayers?
That wasn’t mentioned, but they did have lots of conjecture about the economic impact to the Town for giving ISU a free lease – for 5 years. Nothing said was proven by real data.
Since Normal just loves case law, this document has a ton of it: https://secureservercdn.net/184.108.40.206/7b1.61b.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/RealEstateOpinion.pdf
The above was written by a former Illinois Attorney General. Unlike FOIA and Open Meetings Act law, government’s fiduciary duty to its citizens has never changed.
Next see this link: https://www.scu.edu/government-ethics/resources/public-officials-as-fiduciaries/
The actions by 4 members of the Town Council gifting the gallery space to ISU violates all of the above.
The only defense Normal would have if sued would be to proclaim the space worthless. Of course, they can’t prove that since they never attempted to market it.
The Town of Normal has violated their fiduciary duty to you!
They need to be sued!