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Clark County Park District facing Open Meetings Act civil suit…

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On May 15, 2014

In the aftermath of a contentious board meeting on May 12, 2014, Kirk Allen has filed a civil suit against the Clark County Park District and its Commissioners for their alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act in which they refused to allow public comment at the public meeting.
The Illinois Open Meetings Act is the law that governs public meetings in the State of Illinois. One of the requirements of the Act is that any person shall be permitted an opportunity to address the public officials under the rules established and recorded by the public body.
If a public body does not establish and record public speaking rules, they cannot arbitrarily imposed any rules. They still must allow public comment even without establishing rules. Failing to put it on the agenda is not an excuse either since public comment is not an action of the board.
A key point to remember is that this suit is not connected to the criminal act at the same meeting.
Case Number 2014-MR-18 was filed in Clark County Circuit Court today and you can view it below:
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  • Mike Stirewalt
    Posted at 16:06h, 16 May Reply

    Good work watchdogs!! …You are actually better than the press…why? Because you are not only reporting on bad government…you are proactively trying to stop it! ! !

  • SafeLibraries
    Posted at 16:18h, 16 May Reply

    RT @ECWDogs: Clark County Park District facing Open Meetings Act civil suit…:

  • kevin
    Posted at 18:15h, 28 May Reply

    How do we get them to resign their seats on the board? The lawyer should go too.

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