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Pecatonica Township bans critic from meetings for 6 months and 10 days –

Pecatonica Township (ECWd) –

The three that hate free speech…

Pecatonica Township Supervisor Joseph Musso presented a Resolution to increase the ban on Rogene Hamilton attending township board meeting “since she didn’t want to stay away” – video of the discussion below. A majority of the board voted to continue the ban.

Supervisor Musso, and Trustees Zimmerman and Boomer voted to ban her from Township property, including meetings.

As stated in our previous articles (here and here) about the previous three-meeting ban, this Resolution and the Township’s attempt at banning residents from attending township meetings violates state law.

Last month, Hamilton attended the meeting and was arrested and charged with criminal trespass to state supported property – just for showing up to a meeting. The Board considered her attempt at talking during public comment at a board meeting as “disruptive” because she signed up 12 minutes in advance of the meeting when their purported rules mandate speakers sign up 15 minutes in advance of the meeting. Last Friday she appeared in Court and pleaded Not Guilty. A court date was set for January 2, 2020.

Incidentally, charges were recently dismissed on the previous person arrested at a Pecatonica Township meeting.

In the video you can hear Musso and Boomer talking about a letter from the AG or the State’s Attorney that said the previous resolution banning her was a perfectly acceptable resolution, but that is not what the AG said in that letter.

We will publish a couple of in-depth articles discussing the adopted rules of Pecatonica Township and how this action violates their own adopted rules, and an article on the purported letter from the Attorney General.

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  1. “resolution to extend the restriction and barring Rogene Hamilton from Pecatonica Township” with no mention of the restriction from board meetings. Does this mean she will be forced to move out of the township into a gulag for the time period?

    After a board member disagreed and the gavel was whipped out and down to silence him just to be followed by a few more pointed comments, I did have to chuckle at the audible pointed comment in reference to a “rectal orifice” that brought a brief pause to the proceedings.

  2. Very Bogus Overreach by Local Elected Official, time for another OMA with a Fine that needs to be Levied. Where is this County’s States Attorney?

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