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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.
Ron Jidzny July 23, 2014 at 11:58 PM
Here's point number 2 directly from the ten-Point checklist used to award municipalities for theirRead Moret ransparency. This thread is obviously recommending an improvement but why is our Village 'leadership' dead silent on this issue? Meetings - Online transparency recommendation: -- A calendar disclosing one year’s worth of scheduled public meetings, -- Agendas and board packets posted online 72 hours prior to board meetings, -- Meeting minutes for previous five years, -- Board packets for previous five years____Rationale_____Citizens should have the knowledge of when an elected body meets and what issues they will be voting on so they can be informed and engaged in the democratic process. Meetings are one of the few ways the public can engage in true dialogue with their elected representatives. Failing to provide adequate materials to citizens and the media in advance hinders public participation in democratic institutions, and the participation that does happen is made on a less-educated basis. Given the reality of citizen’s busy schedules, governments should also offer an alternative to attending to be informed about public meetings by posting agendas, board packets and meeting minutes on their website. Here's the link from the post above: http://www.illinoispolicy.org/10-point-transparency-checklist/
my conscience July 24, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Michelle, if you shared Bill's intellect you would understand his exasperation with The Village.
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.
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