A large meeting of area legislators and local governmental officials on Thursday has Oswego Township Supervisor Brian Leclercq questioning whether the gathering violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
According to Leclercq, there were five of the six Oswego Village Board members present at the meeting, and LeClercq says that no notice or agenda of the meeting was posted on the door of the Oswego Village Hall where the meeting took place.
WSPY did not receive notice of the meeting, and we asked Leclercq if he thought the legislative panel was a violation of the Open Meetings Act.
Oswego Village Administrator Dan Di Santo said that the legislative panel did not violate the Open Meetings Act.
The meeting included State Representatives Mark Batinick of Plainfield, Stephanie Kifowit of Aurora, Senator Linda Holmes of Aurora, and Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant of Plainfield.
Staff members from Representative Keith Wheeler's and Senator Sue Rezin's offices also attended.
In hindsight, Di Santo says he wishes he would have posted the agenda to the meeting and invited the media.
Di Santo said that he and Village President Gail Johnson spoke to the legislators about getting government revenue back from Springfield and asking for help funding Metra service in the future.
Brian Leclercq told the legislators that he hopes that the State Legislature will give more power to township boards to receive better accountability from township highway departments.
Representatives of the Oswego Library Board, the Oswego Fire Protection District, Waubonsee Community College, and the Oswego School District were present at the Thursday meeting.