By: Diane Benjamin
The Town of Normal has waged war on it’s citizens. Besides burying you in debt they want to make sure you can’t talk about it.
They know their Public Comment policy is illegal.
See this story 9/5/2019: https://blnnews.com/2019/09/05/normals-illegal-public-comment-policy-2/
The Town knew LONG before the above – March 16, 2017!
More than 3 years
Where is the above from? A ruling by the Illinois Attorney General in response to a Request for Reviews filed by Craig Stimpert.
See the entire document here: 45349 public comment
The town is purposely violating the law because they do not want to hear from you.
Now see this link from the March 20, 2017 meeting: http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2581
The “professional staff” as in Mark Peterson and Brian Day prepared changes to the Town’s Public Comment policy and left in this line:
Below is the video from that meeting. Brian Day claimed at 24:45 the Attorney General’s ruling that discussion can not be limited to agenda items is not valid because federal court cases show it is legal. He didn’t give any examples. The conservation veered in lots of directions, but many of the Trustees claimed there was other ways to give your opinion.
At the end of the previous meeting Chris Koos stated this item would not be changed.
Bottom line is: They don’t want citizens making anything public on video that is off agenda. It is about control. Nothing else. The Attorney General has already ruled even though they have not ruled on the two cases pending in front of them now. Normal doesn’t care. Citizens need to replace the ones that don’t. April 2021.