By: Diane Benjamin
h/t a reader
Yesterday there was a mini parade of City vehicles, including an emergency fire department vehicle.
The parade was organized by a Public Works employee, I know who. I am waiting for a response from City Manager Tim Gleason before using her name.
Supposedly the parade was for the birthday of a sick child. Supposedly the City employees who drove the vehicles weren’t paid.
Before you think “Isn’t that sweet”, the parade was illegal. Is the City going to do a parade for every sick kid? Why did this one kid get a parade when your kid likely never will?
Article VIII of the Illinois Constitution: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con8.htm
The parade wasn’t a public purpose, it was using “connections” to get benefits not available to everyone. Property paid for by taxpayers can not be used for personal reasons. This is the epitome of what people hate about their government, laws don’t matter for them.
Everyone involved at a minimum should be fired. The organizer is a supervisor, did she coerce employees into participating? Were any emergency calls not responded to because the vehicle was in a parade? Governor Pritzker told everybody to stay at home but a private parade okay?
These pics and movie were posted on Facebook, they aren’t from an area resident.