By: Diane Benjamin
Chris Koos knows he has nothing to run on. Instead of discussing issues he clipped and chopped comments made by Marc Tiritilli before Rivian incentives were approved by the Normal Town Council. Koos wants you to believe Tiritilli was against Rivian buying the plant when Marc was actually against taking money from Unit 5 – Koos did just that with all his TIF districts and Rivian.
The Unit 5 property tax rate when Koos became mayor in 2003 was $4.430310.
In December of 2020 the Unit 5 School Board raised the rate again. It now stands at $5.638.
The increase is 27.26% and why people leave Illinois in droves. That increase doesn’t include all the Town and other taxing bodies that also increased rates.
Koos and Tiritilli debated last night on Peoria’s Channel 47. It will be replayed, see the schedule here: https://www.wtvp.org/local-programs/at-issue/
The questions were much better than at other debates. The one funny part was Koos claiming the Attorney General has never found them guilty of violating the Open Meetings Act by issuing a “binding” opinion. True only because every time a complaint was filed the Council magically changed the policy right before an AG ruling. The latest was last October.
Chris, if you aren’t guilty why does the policy keep changing?
The two latest rulings against the Town were about allowing comments to items not on the agenda. The Town knew back in 2019 their policy was illegal – see this story: https://blnnews.com/2019/09/05/normals-illegal-public-comment-policy-2/
The Open Meetings Act training from the Attorney General’s office had that exact violation as an example.
Koos and company didn’t change it until October of 2020. Instead of open, honest, and transparent public comment – those wanting to speak about items not on the agenda have to wait until the end of the meeting now. Nobody knows when that might be so obviously the Council doesn’t want to hear from citizens.
Why would anyone vote for Koos, McCarthy, Preston, or Cummings? All of them did nothing to comply with the law.
The video below is a MUST watch short clip (1 minute 9 seconds) from the June 3, 2019 meeting. The current Council is on record voting AGAINST allowing Public Comments that are not germane to the agenda. Pam Reece claims their policy doesn’t violate the Open Meetings Act when it obviously does. The “professional staff” was WRONG, the Council followed her over the cliff.
Tired of being lied to yet? Vote April 6th!