Bloomington School District 87 has been violating the Open Meetings Act by demanding people reveal their home addresses in order to participate in public comment.
The Illinois Attorney General has already issued multiple opinions, at least as far back as 2014, stating that requiring addresses to speak, or even to attend, during public meetings violated the Open Meetings Act.
“. . . the Attorney General noted that the plain language of Section 2.06(g) does not require that a person provide his or her address before he or she can speak. Moreover, a person’s right to comment at a public meeting under Section 2.06(g) is not contingent upon where he or she resides. Thus, the Attorney General found that requiring a speaker to disclose his or her home address before addressing the public body would have a chilling effect on individuals who wish to speak at public meetings—and, as such, is inconsistent with the Open Meetings Act.”
D87 should reconsider its unlawful requirement of providing a home address as a prerequisite for providing public comment.
Example videos of parents being told they had to provide an address are in the story. The kids that spoke, knowing video was being taken of them, simply complied.
Also note parents who spoke were mostly not wearing masks. Every kid who spoke had been conditioned to leave theirs’s on and not question authority.