By: Diane Benjamin
Somehow retiring Normal Trustee Jeff Fritizen ended up with a big party and a bike the Town purchased from Mayor Chris Koos’s bike shop.
Since inquiring minds want to know, I FOIA’d the Town of Normal for all communication about the bike. In this story I printed the Town answer: https://blnnews.com/2020/03/09/one-more-on-jeff-fritzens-bike/
They couldn’t find a single document!
So, one of these is true:
- The Town is embarrassed citizens found out so they hid documents
- Chris Koos gave Fritizen the bike without discussing it with anybody and sent the bill to taxpayers
Since the Town answer isn’t good enough, I filed a Request for Review with the Attorney General’s Public Access office. PA agreed to investigate, but only how Normal searched for documents:
They gave Normal 7 business days to respond. The AG’s office isn’t looking at whether the “gift” was legal, Illinois doesn’t do that.
Unless the Public Access office performs better than usual, I might have information in a year or two. Karyn Smith is still waiting for a ruling from 14 months ago. Marc Tiritilli filed too when Mayor Koos cut him off mid-sentence, I think that as last October. The law states 90 days, that rarely happens.
This is yet another example of citizens losing trust in THEIR government. Read this story if you missed it: https://blnnews.com/2020/03/23/the-crumbling-backbone-of-our-government-public-trust/
A newer example of an elected official not prosecuted: The Champaign County Clerk counted early votes the night before the election AND posted those totals on-line that night. Who was he sending signals to? His actions violated State Election Law, he got “scolded” for doing it. https://www.wandtv.com/news/champaign-co-clerk-reprimanded-for-illegally-counting-early-ballots/article_9e406dd0-6f50-11ea-b012-037ce239591e.html?fbclid=IwAR2FanAQrupZC07ni5PiqJJBwmDJ6n1V-QqwZmSzGoA25fqrE0yb6vu0DPY
Illinois is corrupt because elected officials like it corrupt.