PARIS, IL. (ECWd) -
The Illinois Attorney General's Office finally confirms that the Edgar County Board violated Section 2.02(a) of the Open Meetings Act on November 7, 2012, when they held a public meeting without posting its agenda at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
This was at the direction of Mark Isaf, the Edgar County State's Attorney, and Jim Keller, former County Board Chairman, who incorrectly advised them that they could simply put the closed session at the beginning of the meeting and drag it out for at least a half an hour, then go back into open session to continue with the meeting.
If you recall, this was the meeting where the former county board ram-rodded reappointments of the ETSB (911) board thru at the last minute - and we are still stuck with those same goof-balls that handed the coordinator a 4 year contract and $500.00 per month just to drive to work and back home every day.
What is more telling about this situation is the proof of the miserable failure of Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Attorney General's office in timely resolution into violations of the Open Meetings Act and violations of the Freedom Of Information Act. To take 10 months from final arguement, to issuing an opinion, on something that both parties agreed upon, is rediculous - but hey, this is one of the faster moving complaints.