To the Geneva City Council: Release the Minutes and Tapes of the February 10th and 24th, 2020 Secret Closed Sessions or Resign

July 5th is a good day to begin refocusing on “… when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is [the people’s] right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

The Degroot to Manning email of Feb 25, 2020, with the “again last night” phrase (see page 22 of the document below) is part of a long train of abuses and usurpations at Geneva City Hall.

“Agenda item for March 21, 2022: 14. “OPEN SESSION TO APPROVE CERTAIN CLOSED SESSION MINUTES AND APPROVAL OF DESTRUCTION OF CLOSED SESSION AUDIO RECORDINGS JANUARY 2020 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2020 PURSUANT TO 5 ILCS 12/2.06 (c).” [Actually, the correct statute is 5 ILCS 120/2.06 (c). But even this correct citation is incomplete in this context.]

Kosirog’s motion after secret session: “I’d like to make a motion to approve City Council closed session minutes approved for release on March 21st, 2022.  First the remaining minutes from January 22nd, 2013. Second the remaining minutes for March 4th, 2013. Third the full minutes from April 22nd, 2013. Fourth the remaining minutes from August 5th, 2013. Fifth the remaining minutes from December 2nd, 2013. Sixth remaining minutes from July 10th, 2017. Seventh the partial minutes from February 12th, 2018. Eighth the minutes from August 26th, 2019. Ninth the minutes of January 19th, 2021, and Tenth and lastly the partial minutes from September 7th, 2021.” The motion passed. 

The Feb 10 and Feb 24, 2020, minutes were not released. The agenda item that would “approve” the destruction of the tapes of those meetings mysteriously and improperly just plain disappeared.

Where are those audio recordings of the Special Meeting closed secret sessions of February 10 and 24, 2020 whose destruction was on the agenda? What, exactly, was the “use” for the “purchase of land for the use of the public body” that was cited on Feb 10 and 24, 2020, as the exemption from sunlight, transparency, and the Illinois Open Meetings Act? What else, besides Emma’s Landing, was improperly discussed and became a “comfortable” secret position taken by the City Council?

Obviously, a clandestine “consensus vote” was taken on March 21, 2022, and the destruction of audiotapes motion did not pass or at least was not “comfortable.” But that “action” to dispose of an agenda item must be taken in an open session. If the issue were removed from the agenda, who made the motion to do so, who seconded it, and what was the tally?

Vigilante insurrectionists are still occupying Geneva City Hall. Stockholm’s Syndrome is progressing to its most virulent and corrupting form. If a broken trust were so easy to repair, why are there so many divorces?

What could still be so “tip-top secret” about a contemplated land purchase under consideration more than two years ago that makes it inviolate? 

The City of Geneva’s long 20+ year train of abuses and usurpations must stop. Release the tapes and minutes of February 10th and 24th, 2020, or resign from the Geneva City Council.

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