By John Hubbuch
And the lawsuit initiated by District 200 against The Village over TIF moneys grinds on. I don't know which frusrates me more. There's the the lawsuit itself in which District 200 has sued the Village seeking a bigger share of TIF moneys. Litigation between two tax-supported governmental bodies is never a good thing. It's bad enough to pay for one side of a lawsuit, but it's twice as bad to fund both sides--even 3 sides if you include District 97, yet another party.
But it's even worse that we the public have no idea what's going on. The litigants retreat behind the confidentiality of litigation, and like mushrooms, the public is in the dark fed the fertilizer of platitudes and paternalism. So we're left to guess what the dispute is really about, how much is at stake, what are the merits and when will it be over. It wouldn't surprise me that District 200 actually has a technically decent case, but we'll never know. It just seems wrong that two bodies that pay such lip service to transparency have donned cloaks of invisibility with respect to this potentially impactful dispute. It is just not right.