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Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Notice of Altered City Council Meeting Protocols

Emergency Order #15


Waukegan City Hall, 100 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, Waukegan, IL

Waukegan, IL (April 17, 2020) – WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, the Illinois Governor issued Executive Order 2020-10, commonly referred to as the “stay-at-home order,” which included Section 1.3 banning all gatherings of ten (10) persons or more; and

WHEREAS, in consideration of the Illinois Attorney General and Public Access Counselor’s interpretation memo, entitled “Guidance to Public Bodies on the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” issued to address and interpret these executive orders and statutes, and providing balancing of the serious public health threats against the objectives of transparency; and

WHEREAS, the City recognizes the limitations of currently available hardware and software, while continuing to make the meetings of its Corporate Authorities more accessible even prior to this public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, the Meeting of the City Council currently scheduled for April 20, 2020 will occur before the expiration of the current stay at home order set to expire April 30, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the City of Waukegan has furloughed all non-essential staff and is operating with minimum essential staffing, pursuant to previous Mayoral Emergency Orders, with the hope that full staffing can return by May 1, 2020; and

WHEREAS, reasonably prudent guidance and understanding of this Crisis leads the Corporate Officers of the City of Waukegan to believe that such orders shall not be lifted on or before the scheduled April 20, 2020 meeting, and guidance will otherwise remain substantially similar with respect to gatherings and social distancing restrictions;

THEREFORE, in further exercise of the Emergency Authority granted to me, I, Samuel D. Cunningham, Jr., Mayor of the City of Waukegan DO HEREBY ORDER as follows:

Section 1. The regular City Council meeting scheduled for April 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm is hereby rescheduled to April 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Click here to see the Executive Order #15 in its entirety.

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