A state office is now investigating to see if some members of the Winnebago County Board violated the Open Meetings Act. A letter from the Illinois Attorney Generals office states that the Attorney General has requested more information from Winnebago County Board Chair, Scott Christiansen. A Circuit Court complaint was filed after an alleged dinner on January 26, 2006. The complaint says that 16 out of 28 county board members met after a meeting and discussed how they would vote on a proposed ethanol plant. The letter from the Attorney Generals office states that, "If a majority of the quorum gathered to discuss business at any location other than a public meeting the public body would be in violation of the Open Meetings Act." The complaint was filed by members of ICE, Informed Citizens Engaged. Those involved will be in court on April 12, 2006.
Right in the middle of several heated zoning hearings on the proposed ethanol plant in Winnebago County a key staff member resigns. Planning and Zoning Officer for Winnebago County, John Lindeman already gave his two week notice. This Thursday will be his last day. Lindeman took a job in his hometown of Savanna Illinois to be the Superintendent of Public Works. Lindeman tells 23 News that the all the debate and fireworks surrounding the ethanol plant had nothing to do with his decision. He says the job in Savanna has been in the works since last summer.