Look what I found in the minutes for January 25, 2016, Management Services Committee meeting. It is chaired by Board member Tina Hill.
It was stated that signing in for entry into the facility during the County Board meetings may be a good idea.
It was stated they could require signing in all day if desired.
It was stated that just engaging people will provide security an opportunity to assess their demeanor of those entering the facility.It was stated if they sign in, they should indicate their reason for being here.
It was stated to enter into a school you have to sign in and obtain a name badge before entrance to that facility.
The committee members stated that schools are closed environments and this facility is a public environment.
It was suggested they leave the “wanding” of the public in place at this time.
It was suggested they look into obtaining “scanners” that can scan identifications of those entering the facility.
It was stated the scanners are inexpensive but would provide another level of security.
Concern was voiced that not everyone has an identification.
It was stated that if someone doesn’t have an identification, they can sign in.Mr. Skala suggested they continue with the “wanding” at this time.
By scanning identifications, it could cause delays of entry to this facility during the board meetings.
They don’t want to be accused of denying access to the meetings.
It was stated that they will continue with the “wanding” during the County Board meetings and further review the possible increased costs to add all day security.
Later in the minutes is this from County Administrator Peter Austin:
The committee members were informed they are working on the Active Shooter training that is expected to take place today with additional training to take place on Friday.
They will then schedule a training event for the County Board members.
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Note that all comments are made in the indirect voice without identifying who said what, except for what Mike Skala said.
And I can’t remember when I signed in at a public meeting.
I don’t think any public body has the right to require those present to identify themselves.
Certainly, those observing the Illinois House or Senate didn’t have to do so during the sixteen years I served as a State Representative. (Now, however, people are screened as they go in the State Capitol.)