By: Diane Benjamin
Last night’s Normal’s Town Council meeting was relatively boring until Stan Nord asked questions toward the end. His comments pertained to Chris Koos’ “Enforcement of Stay-At-Home Executive Order” issued on April 4, 2020.
This statement in the order is problematic: http://normal.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2083
If the Town Code applied to the Koos order it would only be in effect for 48 hours with up to two extensions. Stan wanted to know if an emergency meeting needed to be called to extend the order longer. Mayor Koos deferred his questions to Brian Day, Town lawyer.
After much legal doublespeak, Day finally admitted the ordinance remains in effect as long as Gov. Pritzker’s Executive Order is in effect. In other words, Koos’s order just restated (in easy to understand language) the governor’s order.
Koos could have simply gone to the Normal Police Chief and talked about enforcement procedures. Of course violating a police directive is already a crime, so why did Koos put enforcement in writing? Is it a threat?
Is Koos trying to intimidate citizens using the police? Is Koos attempting to eroding the relationship between citizens and the police? Does Koos want Normal turned into a police state?
The Koos executive order was not needed. Emergencies create an environment to erode civil liberties. Koos made it clear he wants force used for compliance. By putting threats in writing he is eroding the trust citizens should have in the police.
Don’t be a snitch, if you see noncompliance the police should be your last phone call. Americans don’t tattle on each other. That is expected in socialist and communist countries to force tyranny, here we talked to each.
Did Tari Renner changed his mind about issuing something similar because he realized this?
Pritzker’s Executive Order: https://www2.illinois.gov/IISNews/21288-Gov._Pritzker_Stay_at_Home_Order.pdf
Link to ILCS 3305: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=368