No problem with Trustee’s meetings, Just another Sarto and CAN site show!

January 31, 2008

Evidently Bill Sarto and The CAN site are best friends and share information and gossip. I received an e-mail from Bill Sarto directing me to the CAN site to see his statements on Illegal Immigration rather than communicating directly with me a Carpentersville resident I guess he prefers to post on an anonymous Blog hoping his voice will be heard through his or his friends website.
If any of you have noticed Bill Sarto has made a big deal all to do about nothing when it comes to these supposedly secret meetings that has been going on for over a year.
heres the strange part, I have received invitations to everyone of those meetings and have attended some of them along with one of Bill Sarto’s strongest supporters, Fernando Leyva who posed as a person who was interested in what the Fox Valley citizens for Legal Immigration were doing.
Fernando had a lot to say in one of those meetings he kept on going and going, just like the energizer bunny about the Real estate business, how his employer was forcing him to do things on mortgages that just wasn’t right.
We all know now that was just a show and lies, he really wasn’t interested in anything the Fox Valley Citizens were doing, He was a planted political spy. He even went as far as to talk to myself, My sister Inlaw and a Co worker about his supposedly beliefs I really thought he was sincere. When really he was reporting all the neat stuff to his political friends who now pretend they new nothing of these supposedly secret meetings.
I guess some people and anonymous Blogs thought now would be a good time to bring it up and act like they knew nothing about these meetings.
It reminds me of the time when someone painted a mural on the Building at Hazard and Rt. 25 in November of 2006, which I personally notified Sarto and all board members included the Code enforcement and the Village Manager. I  Talked to the Bowling alley owners about a painting they had on their building that they were forced to remove but, anyhow it took Bill Sarto 5 months to bring to everyone’s attention and was personally going to paint over it himself if he had to but not before blaming it on Paul Humpfer as a political trick, But that wasn’t true either.

Now maybe all of you can see that these type of things were just a set up along with notifying the States Attorney.Bill Sarto and his cohort the CAN site already knew that there was no Illegal activity but they needed to sensationalize it to make Sigwalt and Humpfer look bad, when it really is just another game that Sarto and the CAN site are putting the people of Carpentersville through.

The Honorable Bill Sarto
Village President
Village of Carpentersville
1200 L.W. Besinger Drive
Carpentersville, IL 60110

Village Trustees:
Keith Hinz
Paul Humpfer
Linda Ramirez Sliwinski
Ed Ritter
Judy Sigwalt
Kay Teeter

Re: Open Meetings Act Complaint #2008OMA10

Dear President Sarto and Members of the Board:

I am writing regarding an inquiry our office has received related to two members of the Carpentersville Village Board and their compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120.

Ms. Rebecca O’Halloran of The Courier News submitted an inquiry to our office stating that Trustees Paul Humpfer and Judy Sigwalt are participating in alleged meetings with constituents to discuss Board agenda’s as they relate to immigration issues prior to the Village’s public meeting. Further, the inquiry alleges that these gatherings were taking place at the Village fire station, but now occur in private residences. Please be advised that our office has also received two separate telephone calls from citizens complaining of these gatherings.

The purpose of my letter is to outline the provisions of the Act and caution the public body with regard to this matter. Under the Open Meetings Act, the public policy provisions states that “[i]t is the public policy of this State that public bodies exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business and that the people have a right to be informed as to the conduct of their business. In order that the people shall be informed, the General Assembly finds and declares that it is the intent of this Act to ensure that the actions of public bodies be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.” 5 ILCS 120/1.

“Meeting” is defined as “any gathering of a majority of a quorum of the members of a public body held for the purpose of discussing public business.” 5 ILCS 120/1.02. In this instance, two members of the public body would not constitute a majority of the quorum and therefore the Act is not triggered.

However, a cautionary note that is relevant here. If the purpose of the gatherings have as their intent the formulation of policy outside the public view, the spirit of the Act would be jeopardized, and the Board should be aware of the public perception issues that arise in circumstances such as these even though the Act is not triggered.

At this time, no further review is merited. However, if you have any questions, please contact me at [redacted].

Terry Mutchler

Public Access Counselor
Assistant Attroney General

cc: Rebecca O’Halloran
Attorney James A. Rhodes


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