In Parts I, II, and III, I talked about the appalling nature of these two ordinances, especially the "Safe Streets/Weapons Registration Ordinance," introduced by Commissioner Beavers. Part IV is probably the most important of this series, because this one is a call to action. Whether you live in Cook County or not, please keep their phones/FAX lines/email service busy.
By the way, it would seem that they tried to sneak this past without the public's knowledge. At the very bottom of the text of the bill, you'll see the following:
In accordance with Cook County Code Section 2-108(z)(1) Amendment or suspension of rules, Commissioner Suffredin, seconded by Commissioner Collins, moved to suspend Section 2-108(h)(1) Prior notice to public; agendas. The motion carried unanimously.What does that mean? Let's see.
In accordance with Cook County Code Section 2-108(z)(1) Amendment or suspension of rules, Commissioner Suffredin, seconded by Commissioner Collins, moved to suspend Section 2-108(g)(1) Order of business. The motion carried unanimously.
First, a motion was passed to suspend the rule that the public be notified of this ordinance proposal....(h) Prior notice to public; agendas .The only reason to suspend the first section of rules is to avoid the public knowing about what's going on, until it's too late. I'm not as sure about what the other suspension of rules does, but I suspect it's meant to help them fast-track this abomination. Their attempted secrecy indicates that they know full well that what they intend to do is deeply offensive to the public.
(1) No less than three full business days before any meeting of the Board or of a committee or subcommittee, notice and an agenda for such meeting shall be provided to the President, all Commissioners and all news media that have requested notice of meetings, shall be posted in the Office of the County Clerk and at the location where the meeting is to be held, and shall be made available to the public in the office of the Secretary. In addition, notices and agendas of all meetings shall be posted on the County's website.
Second, a motion was passed to suspend the rule that the board meeting proceed on a standard plan of events....
(g) Order of business.
(1) At each regular meeting of the Board, the order of business (unless otherwise directed by the Board) is as follows:
a. Approval and correction of minutes of previous meetings.
b. Old business.
c. New business.
d. Consent calendar.
e. Committee reports:
1. The first section of the committee report as set forth in Section 2-105(h) of this division.
2. The second section of the committee report as set forth in Section 2-105(h) of this division.
It's up to us all to let them know that their perfidious skulking in the shadows has failed. In communicating with the commissioners, tell them of your strong opposition to Commissioner Beavers' "Safe Streets/Weapons Registration Ordinance." If you're feeling ambitious, ask them to oppose Commissioner Suffredin's "Deadly Weapons Ordinance," as well.
Jerry “Iceman” Butler
William M. Beavers
Joan Patricia Murphy
Joseph Mario Moreno
Peter N. Silvestri
John P. Daley
Timothy O. Schneider
Anthony J. Peraica
Elizabeth Ann Doody Gorman