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U46- Now isn't this special…

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On October 30, 2015

Kane Co. (ECWd) –
After being lied to, ignored, and subject to a board member’s misrepresentation on her Facebook postings of recent events at the U46 Board meeting on October 19th, 2015, it is clear we were once again correct.
After having to contact the local police to enforce the law on this board for not permitting public comment during their 5:15 meeting, they are now changing their long time practice as it relates to their closed session meetings, agendas, and public comment.
Just as we explained to the police, a simple fix to this violation was to post the meeting as a 5:15 meeting with appropriate agenda items for closed session, that is followed with a recess until 7:00 pm, in which the remaining portion of the public meeting is continued.
Today their agenda was posted and we find it rather comical to see they have done exactly what we suggested.  This is yet another example of how a public body who refuses to even discuss a problem has to eat crow and do things as the law outlines.
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  • George Barraclough
    Posted at 11:42h, 30 October

    A jouney of a thousand miles begins with one step. The
    U-46 board may have taken that first step, but what about:
    1. The illegal meals at the last meeting and over the past years?
    2. The criminal violations of the OMA at the
    last meeting?
    3. The mind set of a board member (who is a licensed attorney
    and has voluntarily sworn to uphold a higher standard of
    law observance and enforcement than an average citizen)
    who ain’t got time for “technical” law violations?
    Very disturbing activities. Watch what they do, not what they say.

  • Dave
    Posted at 11:56h, 30 October

    Anyone who won’t admit that they are wrong is not to be trusted at all.

  • George Barraclough
    Posted at 13:46h, 30 October

    The attorney’s oath is mandatory to be licensed. Notwithstanding, it is taken voluntarily.
    The Illinois attorneys oath of office:
    (705 ILCS 205/4) (from Ch. 13, par. 4)
    Sec. 4. Every person admitted to practice as an attorney and counsellor at law shall, before his name is entered upon the roll to be kept as hereinafter provided, take and subscribe an oath, substantially in the following form:
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be), that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of attorney and counselor at law to the best of my ability.
    (Source: R.S. 1874, p. 169.)
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  • George Barraclough
    Posted at 13:53h, 30 October

    Constitution of the State of Illinois
    (a) Public funds, property or credit shall be used only
    for public purposes.
    (b) The State, units of local government and school
    districts shall incur obligations for payment or make
    payments from public funds only as authorized by law or
    (c) Reports and records of the obligation, receipt and
    use of public funds of the State, units of local government
    and school districts are public records available for
    inspection by the public according to law.
    (Source: Illinois Constitution.)
    It would be interesting to see the law and/or ordinance that authorized the
    payment for the U-46 board meal last week and for all the meals the board
    has consumed over the years.