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April 12, 2024

AG: Bloomington Election Commission violated the law – twice –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On April 9, 2017


Well, well, well…just as we stated when we forced the meeting to be shut down, and were viciously verbally attacked for, the Illinois Attorney General has issued a determination stating the Bloomington Election Commission (Bloomington Electoral Board) violated the Open Meetings Act on two separate occasions – December 5 and December 9, 2016. Previous articles on the BEC here, here, and here.

For the December 5, 2016 meeting, the AG determined that the Bloomington Election Commission violated the law by not posting its meeting agenda on its website (or at the meeting location) at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

For the alleged illegal closed session on December 5, 2016, the BEC told the AG that they did not discuss any public business in the office they went in to, but rather talked about a retirement party instead – no we don’t buy that excuse, but the AG did, and since no other evidence was presented, and the AG determined the BEC did not hold an illegal closed session at that time.

For the December 9, 2016 meeting, the AG determined that the BEC did not properly post items for final action on its agenda, and that what was on the agenda was too vague for the public to determine what action was likely to be voted on. BEC violated Section 2.02(c) of the Open Meetings Act and were asked to re-vote on those items previously voted on in violation of the Open Meetings Act.

No, we don’t expect the naysayers to come back and apologize – we knew they were wrong from the start.

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