Cook County Judge Judge Diane Joan Larsen: The Corrupt City of Chicago City Council & Mayor Rahm Emanuel must allow public comment, judge rules – Instead of quashing the public’s concerns
The City Council must allow members of the public to comment at all meetings, rather than just during committee sessions, a Cook County Circuit Court judge ruled Tuesday.
Judge Diane Joan Larsen concluded that not allowing speakers at full council meetings violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act. “Public comment must be allowed at all open meetings,” Larsen wrote.
But she did not immediately impose the order. Instead, the council will be given time — the exact amount yet to be hashed out in court — to come up with new public comment rules.
The city could appeal the decision, and city lawyers are “considering all our legal options,” Law Department spokesman Bill McCaffrey said.