Saturday, October 9, 2010

Open meetings agreement disappoints | Editor’s Comment from Daily Chronicle


settlement – filed and approved in court this week and amounting to little more than a slap on the wrist – shows us that the DeKalb Library Board still has no credibility and that state laws in place to enforce and protect open and transparent government are viewed as a nuisance by many of those in power, including DeKalb County's presiding judge.

Too often, breaches of these acts are brushed aside. Lawmakers talk a big game when it comes to transparency, but do little about it.
Penalties for violating the Freedom of Information Act or Open Meetings Act became a little stiffer this year, but until those violating the acts are held responsible, scenarios like the one with the DeKalb Library Board will continue

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President Bush’s Sept 30th visit to Beloit

The following Beloit Daily News articles covered the visit:

Former President George W. Bush in Beloit--

Bush visits ABC Supply--

Bush visit related to policy institute--

Police Preparations began early for Pres Bush visit

preparations started more than a week ago for the Beloit Police Department.

8 a.m. when they conducted building sweeps at ABC Supply, put security measures into place, and began positioning personnel.

Rock County Sheriff’s Department and the Janesville Police Department assisted the Beloit Police in safely transporting the six-car motorcade from the Rock County Airport to Beloit

at ABC Supply, about 40 Beloit officers (from the SWAT Team, the Drug and Gang Unit, and the detective bureau) were used for patrol work and managing the event.

event was private, Secret Service did not require strict security precautions such as metal detectors or bag searches

Read more about President Bush’s September 30 visit by click on on the following:  Beloit Daily News - your source for news, entertainment, sports, opinion, events, community, shopping and more > Archives > News > Local News > Preparations began early for Beloit police

Belvidere teachers set to vote on contract for a third time - WREX.

13 News obtained a copy of an email sent from Belvidere Education Association President Frank Marks to teachers.  It says on Monday the school board rejected a request to re-open contract negotiations.  The board says it already reached a tentative agreement with the B.E.A.,which board members approved.  But the teachers rejected it, twice.  The B.E.A. will vote on it for a third time.  If it passes, the contract goes into effect right away.  If rejected the union will take a strike vote.

Belvidere teachers set to vote on contract for a third time - – Rockford’s News Leader