Attorney General Investigating Possible McHenry County Board Open Meetings Act Violation

The April 4, 2011, letter to McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler. Click to enlarge any image.

The Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office is looking into a complaint about a possible violation of the Open Meetings Act on February 15, 2011.

“We have determined that further inquiry into this allegation is warranted,” wrote Assistant Public Access Counselor Amanda Lundeen to McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler on April 4th.

Minutes (or draft minutes) of the closed meeting, plus the recording were requested.

Koehler was given seven days after the receipt of the April 4th letter to reply.

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There are three possible outcomes, according to Lundeen:

  • A finding that no violation has occurred.
  • Resolution through informal mediation.
  • The issuance of a binding opinion.

At the end of Tuesday night’s meeting Koehler announced that the board would go into Executive (secret) Session in order to discuss “litigation filed and pending , probable and imminent litigation.”

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If “informal mediation” is the route taken, I hope the recording of the meeting will be made public.

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