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posted: 8/29/2012 4:43 AM

Naperville owes better explanation

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Naperville owes better explanation

In a recent interview with NCTV17, Doug Krieger said that the city "can take a lot positive out of the letter" from the Illinois Attorney General's office regarding the violations of law by the Naperville Electoral Board. He stated that this would help improve processes going forward. Does the City of Naperville really look at unlawful behavior by city employees in their official capacity as a positive?

Per the Illinois Open Meetings Act, "Any person violating any of the provisions of this Act, except subsection (b) or (c) of Section 1.05, shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor."

The law is very clear regarding the fact that the deliberations should have been conducted in public. The deliberation by the board not being conducted in public where the board went above and beyond the objections of the "objector" is not a technicality as suggested in the city's press release about the subject. I would suggest that the city retract and correct its misleading statements in its press release regarding the attorney general's letter, and instead of trying to cover up the issue, take disciplinary action as appropriate.

What is even more troubling is that this does not appear to be an isolated incident. The city still has not provided a rational explanation for the involvement of city employees, vendors and Councilman Bob Fieseler in the objection that was ultimately filed by William Dawe. The city has not explained how the evidence of such involvement is not in violation of 10 ILCS 5/9-25.1(b).

In my opinion, the civil rights of 4,199 Naperville residents, (the number of signatures that stood prior to the illegal, secret deliberation by the electoral board) have been violated by the illegal actions of the electoral board, and the involvement of public resources in the objection of "William Dawe."

Tom Glass


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