Urbana, IL. (ECWd) –
Caught on a hot mic, Urbana City Councilwoman Shirese Hursey was confused about how to exit a Zoom meeting, and spewed out several “F-Bombs” before being reminded the public was listening. Video is below, as recorded by Checkcu.com.
This comes after several months of the Mayor and other councilmembers silencing, bullying, and muting the public for speech that is protected, but that they did not like because of its content. Urbana routinely accepted complements naming individual Urbana elected officials and employees, but silence anything critical of them if their names were used. Most recently, a woman was silence because the Mayor insisted her comments were merely “opinion” and not fact.
For this and other reasons, the City of Urbana is facing an Open Meetings Act lawsuit seeking to prohibit Urbana from restricting people from naming, addressing, or criticizing current or former public officials and employees, and from having or enforcing any content based restrictions on public comment.
Copy of the Complaint below the video:Urbana OMA Complaint