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my conscience July 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM
I hope the Patch continues to engage in issues of local importance (as a legitimate news source).Read MoreBu t your right Tim, recent news reporting activity seems something less than hyper.
Vicky Polito July 24, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Just FYI, I recently spoke to someone close to the Patch management and understand that Patch mayRead Morebe under-going some changes soon, in part to get back to a more local focus, with less commercial/promotional blogs (i.e., ads as news), etc. I guess we will all see how that works out. Might take a few weeks?
my conscience July 23, 2014 at 11:01 PM
Yes it would. Thanks for that.
Ron Jidzny July 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM
Is the Patch a legitimate news source?
my conscience July 24, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Well Ron, here is a case in point: Vicky provided a concise and apparently factual summary of thisRead Morel egislation. I think that it was legit. But that is only my opinion.
Vicky Polito July 24, 2014 at 09:05 AM
RJ/others--while sometimes the enemy of my enemy is my friend, I am not a buyer overall of theRead MoreIllin ois Policy Institute's nonsense. They are an uber-elitist, Koch Brothers and others funded lobbyist group masquerading as a charity (hey, looky, we don't pay taxes and we can be all non-transparent about who funds us!). This whole bent they push on "transparency" is a loss-leader for a larger and negative deal they want to close in local governments, and I don't like the scam of it or their own non-transparent behavior. Also, it was one of the IPI guys, Brian Costin, who didn't end up showing at the Apr 1st, 2014 reg PTPD meeting after Peter Hurtado had booked him to give the community and the board a presentation on a transparency checklist. (An especially stupid idea since we were in the mid-stages of PTPD meltdown and transparency is the LAST thing Hurtado and pals were or are interested in!). The IPI was not re-booked for the gig at PTPD, either. IPI are fakers, pretenders to better government.
Ron Jidzny July 24, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Vicky, the Illinois Policy Institute is who they receive the award from.Read Morehttp://www.illinoispolicy.o rg/illinois-sunshine-award-winners/ In fact, Plainfield finishes right towards the bottom of all the award winners at 59th out of 62 award winners. Almost dead last. If they want to improve, disclose the board packets. That will help their transparency score. Aren't all these so called 'republicans' that occupy the Village Board majority supposed to promote transparency in government? I'll continue to raise a stink, ask questions, and call those out who do nothing and sit silent. What's the worst that could happen - I get sued? Good luck with that! Lets get one thing straight, the Village Administration and the Village Board works for us - we don't work for them.
Vicky Polito July 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM
RJ--sorry if I was unclear. Yes, I know IPI gives out the "award". Brian MurphyRead Moreactually spoke about this at a Coffee with the Mayor, I think back this spring or late winter? What I'm saying is the award is kind of a sham to me. Now, it's true that the IPI doesn't put up false criteria, so the checklist is not an invalid tool. It's also not a very original or innovative tool, it's sort of "well, DUH!" list. I just think the IPI uses the transparency banner as a front, for things far less good for the general public. In any event, IPI doesn't sell with me. Lastly, of course it's very true that elected officials work for the public. But, you know, the bosses have to show up, too, if the work is going to get done well.
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