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April 22, 2024

AG Confirms Kansas Township Violated Open Meetings Act; Held Special Meeting on Holiday –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On January 6, 2023

Kansas, IL. (ECWd) –

We previously wrote about the Kansas Township Supervisor’s admission to the Attorney Gerneral’s Public Access Counselor that the township did hold a special meeting on Columbus Day, a holiday, in violation of the Open Meetings Act.

The AG-PAC took less than a month to issue a determination letter indicating Kansas Township held a special meeting on a holiday in violation of Section 2.01 of the Act. The Supervisor’s honesty about the meeting helped speed the determination process up.

This meeting, and request for review process, resulted in a lower tax levy for township residents since the violative meeting in question was a Truth in Taxation Hearing. To remedy the violation, the township board held a new special meeting to approve a lower levy, not subject to a truth in taxation hearing.

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  • Dave
    Posted at 15:00h, 06 January

    But it’s so difficult to understand that its wrong hold a special meeting on Columbus Day, a holiday, in violation of the Open Meetings Act. Good grief, many of the elected officials are like teenagers, they know the rules but rationalize what they would rather do

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