During the March 13, 2017 Special Meeting of the Village Board, the Board approved the release of the portion of its June 6, 2016 closed session recording related to the sale of bonds, thereby concluding its appeal of the September 13, 2016 Illinois Attorney General Public Access Counselor’s (PAC) binding opinion.
On June 6, 2016, the Village Board publicly voted, in compliance with the Open Meetings Act, to move into closed session to discuss threatened legal action to stop or overturn a Board decision to refinance the Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex bonds.
In response to a request for review from a Lisle resident, the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued a binding opinion ordering the disclosure of certain closed session recordings. Specifically, the PAC directed the Village to make publicly available “that portion of the closed session verbatim recording of its June 6, 2016, meeting related to the bond sale.”
Following the Village Board’s vote to release the recording, Mayor Broda stated, “the decision to seek administrative review of the PAC’s opinion was never about opposing government transparency nor to create an adversarial relationship with residents who disagreed with the Board's decision to refinance the sports complex bonds. Rather, it was an effort to protect attorney-client privilege that provides for open communication among the Board and its attorney, which also promotes the public’s interest.” The Mayor further stated, "although the Village continues to disagree with the PAC’s opinion because it exceeds the PAC’s legal authority, in the interest of moving the community beyond this issue, the Village is releasing the portion of the closed session recording as outlined in the PAC’s opinion.”