Oak Brook trustee alleges open meetings act violation
Updated: April 1, 2013 2:03AM
OAK BROOK —Trustee Mike Manzo has filed a complaint with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office claiming the Village Board violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act Dec. 11, 2012, following a regular Village Board meeting.
Manzo claims the board went into closed session to discuss a topic not appropriate for closed session, that adequate notice was not provided to the public regarding the discussion, and that the board improperly voted in closed session.
“It could be considered that we deceived the public because there was no notice of what we discussed in the closed session,” Manzo said. “You can take a poll of trustees in closed session, but you then have to come back and vote before taking any action.”
Manzo said he would not yet discuss the specifics of what was talked about in closed session.
“I don’t think that’s appropriate while the attorney general is looking into this,” he said.
Village Manager Dave Niemeyer said he was aware of the complaint filed by Manzo.
“Our village attorney is working on this,” he said.
Some of the subject areas under which discussion may be conducted during closed sessions are employment/appointment matters, pending litigation, the purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body, security/criminal matters and some school matters, such as student disciplinary cases.
No final action may be taken at any closed meeting, and a public body must disclose to the public the substance of any final action being taken, according to the Open Meetings Act.~.