Onarga, IL. (ECWd) -
During the December 16, 2019, Onarga Public Library District meeting, the Board thought it was a good idea to enter closed session to discuss giving pay raises to their entire staff. They also thought it a good idea to vote on a pay raise while still in the closed session.
I objected at the meeting, but the Board insisted they did nothing wrong.
Knowing the Board was wrong, I submitted a Request for Review (article here) under the Open Meetings Act to the Attorney General's Public Access Bureau.
In its determination letter, the AG-PAC concluded that the Board violated Sections 2(c)(1) and 2(e) of the OMA by improperly discussing in closed session the compensation of all of its employees and that the Board impermissibly took final action in closed session concerning its employees' compensation.
The AG also indicated for the Library Board to vote to release the closed session audio recording.