Des Plaines City Council Alters Citizen Comment during Meetings
Rooney, Timothy S., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Timothy S. Rooney Daily Herald Staff Writer
The struggle over controlling public comment at meetings in Des Plaines has been a problem for city council members in recent months.
Mayor Paul Jung, aldermen and staff felt besieged by a number of meeting regulars who took issue with decisions they made and some staff raised concerns about the potential to spread misinformation.
Now, the Des Plaines City Council is poised to slightly alter the format for public comment.
Not unexpectedly, when the committee of the whole discussed somehow altering public comment it raised more concerns from the public.
"You can't blame citizens for being suspicious of this action," resident Vince Powers said at a recent meeting. "Citizens, rightly so, are upset when their voices are silenced."
The committee discussed moving public comment to the end of the meeting, limiting speakers to three minutes each and limiting the amount of time for public input.
The city's most recent meeting was an example of the friction between city leaders and the public. …