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Poplar Grove Electoral Board Set To Hold Illegal Meeting On M.L.K. Jr. Holiday –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On January 15, 2023

Poplar Grove, IL. (ECWd) –

The Village of Poplar Grove’s Electoral Board is set to hold a meeting to consider several election petition objections on Monday, January 16, 2023.

Monday is a state and federal holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Open Meetings Act prohibits special meetings from being held on holidays.

Section 2.01 of OMA (5 ILCS 120/2.01 (West 2020), provides, in pertinent part: All meetings required by this Act to be public shall be held at specified times and places which are convenient and open to the public. No meeting required by this Act to be public shall be held on a legal holiday unless the regular meeting day falls on that holiday.

We have published the recent AG Determinations stating Kansas Township held an improper meeting on Columbus Day, and the Orland Park Public Library District held an improper meeting on Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, both being state or federal holidays.

The Poplar Grove Electoral Board has not published an annual meeting notice; therefore, each meeting of the electoral board is considered a “special meeting” and cannot occur on a holiday.

Each and every action taken at the January 16, 2023, special meeting of the Poplar Grove Electoral Board can be overturned, declared void, or otherwise disposed of.

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3 Comments
  • Droopy: Master Sergeant
    Posted at 09:45h, 16 January Reply

    Amazing how elected officials cannot read the plain and simple language of the laws that are to govern them. No care or concern for justice or taxpayers. Continue the corruption in Illinois because the AG will do NOTHING!!

  • Kathiann
    Posted at 10:13h, 16 January Reply

    I saw a 9-1-1 board meeting scheduled for tonight also, and I wondered about that, but it would be a regularly scheduled meeting.

    • John Kraft & Kirk Allen
      Posted at 10:30h, 16 January Reply

      If it was regularly scheduled, it would be listed on the annual meeting notice each public body is required to publish.

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