City of Carlinville

Carlinville questioned on alleged Open Meetings violations –


Starting the new year off right – Carlinville, the gift that keeps on giving…[things for us to write about].

During its January 2, 2018 meeting, the Carlinville City Council voted and approved a Resolution not listed on the Agenda for final approval.

Such a simple thing, yet so hard for a public body to comprehend…even with legal advice sitting at the same table.

A public body cannot list an item as “Ordinance Adopting Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment – First Read” and then “suspend the rules” and vote to take final action and approve the Resolution. Sure, they can suspend rules of the City, but they cannot suspend the rules and requirements of the Open meetings Act.

The Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor has asked Carlinville to explain their actions.

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