By: Diane Benjamin
The Normal Town Council held a special meeting last night to address the COVID outbreak around campus.
Protests are exempt from regulations so as not to trample on the 1st Amendment. Funny how Normal has no problem trampling on YOUR rights under the 1st Amendment:
…to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
If it isn’t on the agenda you can’t participate in Public Comment.
If some Normal official claims you are violating COVID regulations, just claim you are protesting.
Chris Koos refused to explain why he did the previous 10 edicts without input from Council, but these two are different. Koos ruled Stan’s questions “not germane”. The Town lawyer was not allowed to explain either, even though his JOB is to advise Town officials – not just Koos. http://normal.org/178/Legal
Stan voted against both ordinances because the Health Department wasn’t consulted on either. The wording is sketchy at best and doesn’t designate who is going to enforce anything. One gives somebody (don’t know who) permission to review video from private establishments making “fishing” for non-compliance possible. Think vindictive actions won’t happen?
Chemberly Cummings only appeared to be awake when Kathleen Lorenz or Kevin McCarthy attempted to vilify Stan for not supporting the edicts. Cummings would be perfect for Mike Madigan’s Springfield – she never says anything and always votes the way she is expected.
Public comment was painful because of meeting on line. Technology does not lend itself to anything other than “Can you hear me” and “Are you there?”. 3 people spoke, two were in favor one against.
Watch if you want, but it’s an hour and 10 minutes you will never get back. Stan Nord did his usual Council recap video on Facebook, watch it for a shorter version of what happened. He is obviously frustrated at being the only voice of reason. He needs 3 more thinking people to win next April or the circus will just continue.