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Joliet Township refuses public access to meeting by teleconference

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On April 14, 2020

Joliet Township (ECWd) –

The Joliet Township Board held its township meeting today by telephone conference as outlined in their meeting notice.  The notice makes no reference to how the public is able to participate.

We requested the information for people to attend the meeting electronically and was told the Township building would be open for attendance.

After advising that there were more than 10 people wishing to attend, which would violate the Governor’s Executive Order during the current emergency, the Township ignored my request.

It appears the Township would rather have groups of 10 or more violate the Governor’s Executive order than share the call-in information that would have allowed the public to participate in their local government.

This is yet another example of how some public officials conduct business in secret instead of being transparent and open.

Violations of the Open Meetings Act are considered Class C Misdemeanors.  We suggest the Will County State’s Attorney investigate this matter along with the other alleged crimes being investigated.

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  • jannie
    Posted at 18:47h, 14 April Reply

    If this was a video conference there is a way to allow access, but also control people “speaking out of turn” but allowing during public comment sessions. The public should be able to know what’s going on at meeting.

  • Mike
    Posted at 21:05h, 14 April Reply

    I believe the Governors 30 limit is up. So have as big a meeting as you like.

  • Joliet Jake
    Posted at 21:22h, 14 April Reply

    More secret squirrel B.S with these clowns!!
    The whole lot of them need to resign and SA Mr Glasgow needs to make an example out of them!!!
    Get out now before the rain comes!!!

  • PK
    Posted at 11:24h, 15 April Reply

    By way of state, has the Joliet township law relegated ECWd to sisyphean task?

  • Michael Hagberg
    Posted at 15:15h, 15 April Reply

    I would think that at a minimum they would allow emailing your public participation to the clerk to be read (aloud) into the minutes.

    Belleville held a telephone meeting and published the phone number and access core. I was able to listen and join in the public participation portion of the meeting.

    New Athens held a telephone meeting and published the phone number and an incorrect access code. There was a corrected agenda posted just before the meeting started. There were people who were unable to participate because of the incorrect access code.

  • The township stinks like Dan's bad breath
    Posted at 13:45h, 28 April Reply

    So….”business as usual” at Joliet Township Government, eh?

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