By: Diane Benjamin
The memorial tribute of Jelani Day was taken down because the Town of Normal is authoritarian.
You can’t talk at a Council meeting until the end, whenever that happens to be, if what you want to say doesn’t pertain to the agenda. You could wait hours to get 3 minutes of their “valuable” time.
Park a vehicle on your grass, even if only for a short time, somebody will ticket you.
If you are buddies with management you can rent a place on Pine St for $120 a year after you get the Town to buy it from you and payoff your debt.
If you are buddies with management you can store trailers on Town property, store one behind your house and get a ticket.
The list of perks for friends is endless, so is the assault on the freedoms of the people paying the bills.
Chris Koos was quoted in the Pantagraph saying he called Kathleen Lorenz, Scott Preston, Kevin McCarthy, and Chemberly Cummings about the painting. Does Karyn understand she isn’t “in” with Koos? Of course Stan Nord wasn’t called. Koos claimed he knew it would create backlash, he and “staff” decided it needed to go.
I FOIA’d all communication pertaining to the Jelani Day painting. The only reason the memorial was removed is because someone had the audacity to mount it on THEIR building. It has nothing to do with race, people just aren’t allowed to violate Town Code even if the Town does it themselves. See the latest example if you missed it: https://blnnews.com/2021/10/07/is-this-incompetence-or-corruption-normal/
In the FOIA were text messages, wouldn’t you like to know what they cut off?
Pam is or course Pam Reece, Cathy Oloffson is the Communications person, Mark is Mark Clinch – DIR OF FAC/ENERGY MGT.
Moving it will create what? Havoc, charges of racism, good feelings in the community? What did you cut off Normal?
This email proves why it was taken down, Oloffson is parroting what she was told:
Pam Reece makes it clear ISU is responsible, not the Town of Normal:
Two more pics:
This is the original notice they were going to place where the picture was:
This is what was eventually posted:
The artist posted on Facebook it was not meant to be permanent. The Town walked into problems they created themselves. Compassion was never part of the discussions.