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Open government on the rise in Cicero

As reported in the Jan. 27 print edition of the Star-Review, Cicero Supervisor Judy A. Boyke announced the new terms for open government at tonight's town board meeting. Boyke said that the Cicero administration has taken a major step forward in opening town government to the residents by appointing a town ombudsperson and having town pre-meetings.

During their recent campaign Boyke, Jessica Zambrano and Lynn Jennings emphasized that a main focus of their new administration would be to make town government more accessible to the people of Cicero.

Town Board Pre-Agenda Meetings

These pre-agenda meetings will take place at 10 a.m. on the Tuesday before the town meeting. All agenda items will be discussed at that time. All board members will be asked to participate, but "no decisions will be made," Boyke said.

Such meetings will allow board members to be fully briefed on agenda items and to ask questions and discuss all matters of importance at that time. As a result, no board member will be asked to vote on items, without notice and time to review and discuss each matter.

These pre-agenda meetings will be open to the public. While the public will not be allowed to participate in the discussion they will have an opportunity to listen and be prepared for such participation when these items are discussed at the full town board meeting.

Boyke said the idea for pre-agenda meetings came about as she thought about a way in which she and other board members could ask questions, or discuss agenda items in a legal manner that would implement "open government."

"If I had questions, we could discuss them," Boyke said. "I thought of no other way of doing that."

Town Councilor Lynn Jennings attended yesterday's pre-agenda meeting and said that it gave him the "opportunity to look at what they will be presenting to the people."

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