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Video: Consensus Reached on Public Comment Rules for La Grange Park Board Meetings

New policies and procedures would manage citizens' right to voice opinions under a recent amendment to the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

The La Grange Park board of trustees reached a consensus yesterday at a Village workshop meeting on new policies and procedures that would be used to manage the public's right to voice comments at the board's scheduled meetings.

The video above captures the board's full discussion on the matter.

The proposed rules discussed in the evening workshop session were revisions of those that the board when, following a spirited and somewhat contentious discussion, the trustees could only unanimously agree that the time allowed for each citizen's comments would not exceed three minutes.

The La Grange Park board has long allowed citizens to express their opinions during designated "public participation" periods at its meetings. But Public Act 96-1473, approved last summer by the Illinois General Assembly, amended the state's Open Meetings Act to formally establish public comment as a "right" of all citizens, while also authorizing public bodies to adopt reasonable rules in order manage such participation.

The act became effective Jan. 1, 2011.

The board intends to formally adopt the revised rules as part of the consent agenda at its July 26 meeting.

To help you follow along with the video discussion, the PDF attached to this story contains copies of the new rules, along with other relevant information from the board's workshop packet, including an article from the Illinois Municipal Review that evaluates the Constitutional requirements for regulating decorum at public meetings and analyzes three related U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

James L. Discipio July 15, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Thom, Thank you for the professional way you recorded our meeting. I always felt videotaping a work session is extremely difficult. You made a difficult job look easy. Thank you, Jim Discipio, President of LaGrange Park
James L. Discipio July 15, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Thom, Thank you for the professional way in which you videotaped our Board meeting. I always felt recording a work session is extremely difficult. You made a difficult job look easy. Thank you Thom, Jim Discipio, President of LaGrange Park

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