August 5, 2016 · 3 Comments
DeKalb, IL. (ECWd) –
Mayor Rey ran for office promising Open and Transparent government. He won his election in 2014. One requirement of the Office of the Mayor is to give a State of the City address annually. (65 ILCS 5/3.1-35-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 3.1-35-5)
Sec. 3.1-35-5. Mayor or president; general duties. The mayor or president shall perform all the duties which are prescribed by law, including ordinances, and shall take care that the laws and ordinances are faithfully executed. The mayor or president from time to time may, and annually shall, give the corporate authorities information concerning the affairs of the municipality and may recommend for their consideration measures the mayor or president believes expedient.
(Source: P.A. 87-1119.)
Last year, it was pointed out that the Mayor is required to present the State of the City address to the Council in a public meeting. It was brought up because Mayor Rey was not giving the State of the City address to the Council in a public meeting. (For two years he thought that merely giving this address to the Chamber of Commerce in a fund-raising breakfast was sufficient – see links from the Daily Chronicle:)
Last year after it was pointed put that Mayor was not fulfilling his required obligations, then and only then did Mayor Rey finally give his first State of the City address to the Council in a public setting on July 21, 2015. (Here is the link as well: http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2015/07/24/state-of-the-city-address-to-be-held-in-dekalb/a9mxza6/)
It is August 5th and he has still not given his required State of the City address to Council and the public.
Wouldn’t it be part of an Open and Transparent administration to follow the State Statutes?
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