GOV, high school board violates Open Meetings Act [D209]
I decided to contact the Cook County State's Attorney, Dick Devine.
Dear State’s Attorney Richard A. Devine,
On Monday, February 20, 2006, the District 209 school board violated the Open Meetings Act by hiring a firm to conduct a superintendent search in closed session.
I attended the meeting and was denied my rights to observe the process under Illinois law.
Seth Stern wrote in Forest Park Review:The decision to hire Bickert Group was made during a closed session meting, from which the board emerged to vote on the hiring without naming the firm or stating the amount it would be paid. The board heard presentations from Bickert Group and another similar firm during a closed session at its January meeting.
According to the Illinois Attorney General’s office, these meetings may have violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
Please investigate these apparent violations of the law and take appropriate corrective action. I further request to be informed of the corrective action you take.