College of DuPage - (ECWd) -
Once again Erin Birt has placed the College of DuPage in a quandary with her dictatorial arrogance.
During the August, 2014 regular meeting Erin Birt forbid my presentation during public comment. The presentation was a PowerPoint that exposed her DUI mug shot, Dr. Breuders elephant kill from Africa, and copies of invoices for satellite phones purchased by Breuder.
There were numerous other OMA violations in my opinion and we can only assume the Attorney General Public Access office appears to agree considering they see fit to require COD provide clarification on the claimed violations.
I cant wait to get that response! You see I was given specific instructions by the audio-visual person to pre-load my PowerPoint onto the COD laptop computer and told the Power Point will display on the big screens. This person told me that when I am ready to speak he would start the power point and then I could control it from the laptop.
That didn't happen!
I suspect what happened was Erin Birt reviewed the powerpoint during their executive session prior to public comment and decided she was not going to allow my presentation. A violation of my first amendment rights according to numerous attorneys we are speaking with. A violation because past practice has been set by allowing others to use the audio-visual equipment to present during public comment. In fact, the very equipment they forbid me to use was used several times by others during the meeting and by other members of the public during their public comment at the previous meeting.
Erin Birt made an arbitrary decision to censor my public comment and did so without board approval and we believe in direct violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
It's sad that it takes so long for the AG Public Access office to make their determinations however we are confident we will once again prevail as that has been the history with our complaints.
May I suggest both Erin Birt and Dr. Breuder agree to resign when the numerous OMA requests for review confirm they violated OMA, which by the way is a Class C. Misdemeanor.
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