By: Diane Benjamin
Normal met for almost 4 hours last night. See the 6:00 pm Work Session story here: https://blnnews.com/2020/09/09/stealing-more-from-you-the-town-of-normal/
I’m going to start with the END of the regular meeting since I might have been one of the few still awake watching it.
Chris Koos is attempting to fix his image since he was likely warned the Attorney General is finally getting around to ruling the Public Comment Policy illegal.
Koos thinks he is holding a business meeting – the business of Normal. This is yet another reason he will lose the next election. He is actually holding a meeting to do the PEOPLE’S business. The illegal Public Comment policy cuts out the PEOPLE.
Instead of just letting people say whatever they want (free speech), he wants to change the policy to “comments germane to the agenda” at the beginning of the meeting and anything else at the end. Last night that would have been at almost 10:00 pm.
Had enough of the Koos tyranny? Citizens need to comment at the beginning on ANY topic and let Koos cut them off. Quit being SHEEP! The citizens of Normal don’t work for Koos – he works for YOU. The Koos changes do nothing to make the policy legal.
Remember when Kathleen Lorenz chided Stan Nord on civility? https://blnnews.com/2020/07/21/i-bet-you-missed-the-premier-of-lorenzs-version-of-shut-up-stan/
Koos broke the Lorenz’s civility rules and attacked Stan Nord for having a difference of opinion. Nord didn’t take the bait. Koos was upset Stan encouraged people accused of breaking the COVID ordinances to claim they are protesting. Koos specifically said protesting is fine at the special meeting. Koos thought because he had 6 votes Stan should just comply with the majority.
Instead of torturing all citizens the ordinances should have temporarily ended Connect Transit service and car shares from campus and the surrounding area so the super spreaders can’t infect the rest of us. ISU should also have been told to do a better job controlling their kids. Instead Koos ordered restrictions on people that aren’t the problem.
Hit play below to hear Koos, it should start at 2:34:57. Stay tuned for Part 2.