Archive | May, 2012

Winfield Police Story in the Press

May 21, 2012

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The story of the year-long series of executive session meetings of the Winfield Village Board is being covered in the local news media. Follow the links below to read more.

Daily Herald:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120521/news/705219936/

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120518/news/705189789/

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120520/discuss/705209900/

Winfield Post:

http://www.winfieldpost.com/trustee-expelled-censured-after-leaking-police-plans-closed-sessions/

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Does Our Village Board Really Represent Us?

May 21, 2012

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by Rock Rockett

The issues getting the most attention at Village Hall these days have to do with the Board considering outsourcing the police function for our Village to the County Sheriff’s Department. That’s certainly a sensitive issue with residents, but what is capturing the headlines is the expulsion of a Village Trustee for releasing documents related to executive session meetings of the Winfield Village Board wherein reducing or eliminating the police force has been discussed for the past 10 months or so.To boil this down to its key elements, here’s the way I see it:

1) Regarding the expulsion of Trustee Erik Spande at the most recent meeting of the Winfield Village Board, various people are weighing in on who’s at fault here. In the ‘court of public opinion’, as they say, it is the Village Board that ends up looking bad instead of Trustee Spande. Note the opening line of the Daily Herald article where Robert Sanchez refers to the 4 Trustees voting for expulsion contrary to the advice of counsel and the ordinances of the Village. That was further supported by a Daily Herald editorial calling Trustee Spande the hero and NOT the villain in it’s Sunday, May 20th issue.

2) In my personal opinion, Trustee Spande’s actions were justified due to the abuse of power inherent in holding executive sessions for nearly a year regarding this issue. Withholding this information from the public is obviously damaging to the reputations of the same 4 Trustees – Olson, Reyes, Allen and Hughes. Similarly, the majority of the Board recently voted to withhold information from the public regarding the pluses […]

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