Whiteside County's new State’s Attorney is defending a meeting of the County Board’s Democratic majority. The meeting is being investigated by the Illinois attorney general following a complaint it violated the Open Meetings Act. The DeKalb State's Attorney has followed suit in a similar situation.
Meetings Under Review in Whiteside and DeKalb Counties
In Whiteside County, Sauk Valley Media is waiting to hear from the Illinois Attorney General’s office. At issue--whether members of the county board violated the Open Meetings Act. Late last month, members of the board allegedly threatened to call police when a reporter tried to cover a discussion over the selection of a new board chairman. Members contend it was a caucus gathering, not a public meeting.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday to strengthen the Illinois Open Meetings Act by requiring that notice of public meetings and agendas are posted for two full days before the meeting.
“This law gives the public greater access to information and activities that impact their lives,” Quinn said. “Increasing government openness and accountability from the statewide level to the local level will make Illinois a stronger, more ethical state.”
DeKalb officials are trying to put a stop to speculation about why City Clerk Steve Kapitan resigned last Friday. The city manager and city attorney announced Tuesday that Kapitan voluntarily resigned from his elected post because he wasn’t able to keep up with duties related to the Open Meetings Act.