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IL Sen Melinda Bush wants more government secrecy –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On February 3, 2019


Illinois Senator Melinda Bush, (D) 31st District, apparently thinks more government secrets are better.

Bush filed Senate Bill 0196 on January 30, 2019.

This Bill would permit a public body to hire “independent contractors” in secret, outside the prying eyes of the public.

It would expand on the exceptions to open meetings, permitting a public body to enter into closed session to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, performance, discipline, and dismissal of Independent contractors and volunteers.

Currently, that exception in the Open Meetings Act only permits closed sessions to discuss employees and attorneys of the public body.

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that a public body may hold a closed meeting to consider the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees, specific independent contractors, or specific volunteers (currently, only specific employees) of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee, independent contractor, or volunteer of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity. Effective immediately.

What this does, is shroud the competitive bidding process in secrecy by permitting closed session discussion on contractors and volunteers. The competitive bidding process is in place so the public can observe, and so a public official cannot circumvent, the bid awarding process.

Permitting these discussions behind closed doors invites favoritism and corruption.

Let’s hope this bill fails and never again sees the light of day.

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  • Dave
    Posted at 13:25h, 03 February Reply

    The people are in this constitutional republic are the sovereigns. Power abusing dictator butts like Buttlinda Bush thinks they are sovereign rulers, Madigan sets that example. Bush thinks we are her subjects…. she should be impeached for attempting to oppress we citizens. How can this mental midget not know we citizens are entitled to know everything gov’t does. The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.

  • Dave
    Posted at 13:29h, 03 February Reply

    Hey Buttlinda, state gov’t is the servant, not our master. Your arrogance is insulting….

  • Roger
    Posted at 21:43h, 03 February Reply

    Substitute “Independent Contractors” and/or “Volunteers” with “Relatives”. Then intent becomes crystal clear the justification for closed meetings.

  • Danni Smith
    Posted at 12:16h, 04 February Reply

    Communism vs. Freedom-nothing more to discuss other than how do we rid ourselves of a police state wannabe like her? Think she wants all guns taken away except hers and her fellow dem gubs? Nothing witty to say about this witless person.

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