D200 v. VOP And the Cloak Of Secrecy

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By John Hubbuch

It's bad enough that the school districts and the Village had to resort to litigation that is dragging on for months at a cost of more than a $100,000 and rising. But what's even worse the poor dumb public has no idea what the dispute is really about or what is really going on.       

  The litigation involves decisions made  and positions taken by publically elected officials. The dispute is over  public funds. But even though it's hard to imagine a more public dispute, about the only thing these elected officials can agree on is that  all discussion and information is subject to a  mutually agreed confidentiality order.                                                        

  So the public has no idea what's going on, whose at fault ,or what's going on. Remember this dispute is not between private parties and there is absolutely no law that requires this kind of confidentiality and secrecy.                                                                    

 In fact the secrecy and confidentiality is probably why the case has dragged on at such great expense to the taxpayers. If the parties were fully transparent and released copies of the underlying documents, witness statements, legal opinions and expert reports along with copies of bills and litigation budgets the case would resolve in a week.                              

 My suspicion is that personal animus is  a part of the problem here. But given the cloak of secrecy how would I or any one else really know?

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Aaaaand  

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 8:59 PM

And that last message shows that I need to edit before I post! Should read "village"

Please pass me a pitchfork and torch  

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 8:57 PM

Another fine example of why the one party system we have in the villiage only serves to create hubris.

john murtagh from oak park  

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 7:01 PM

The same secrecy that cloaks the D200 v. VOP is occuring on the Madison Avenue Housing Project. Why can't anyone in this village be forthright with the residents?

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