Other bodies of government meet during evening hours
The Iroquois County Board continues to stand firm in its reasons for conducting day-time meetings, even though most-all other governmental bodies do their business at night.
Iroquois board members claim they'll examine the issue again. But comments at Tuesday's county board meeting and at committee meetings in recent weeks finds the majority of the membership trying hard to justify their long-standing tradition of 9 am meetings.
What's ignored are well-documented publications with editorials stating 'it's not about attendance by the public but instead opening the door to opportunity" for the voting public and taxpayers to be involved and participate in an open form of government.
Editorials plainly state 'attendance doesn't dictate the public's interest and right to have a say; it's opportunity to seek office, be part of government that currently limits people from being involved – because meetings are held during hours when the majority of folks are at work.'
County Board newcomers, Vince LaMie and Larry Hasbargen both say the day-time meetings are detrimental to letting people be involved. LaMie earlier made it clear, after being sworn in following last November's election, that the people would be better served with evening meetings.
The Iroquois County Board seems to disregard that all other governments operate with evening meetings. Village and city councils (even committee meetings), school boards, township boards, park districts, fire districts, 9-1-1 meetings.....all conduct business at night.
The Vermilion County Board and the Champaign County Board also conduct their meetings at night. And if you're an elected official or department head, it's part of the job.
Enough with all the excuses. It's today's new political cry "TIME FOR A NEW ILLINOIS" !