[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Crystal Lake as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 1-16-2007 by Ord. No. 6153]
On January 1, 2007, Public Act 94-1058, amending the Open Meetings Act, takes effect and amends the definition of a "meeting" to mean: "Any gathering, whether in person or by video or audio conference, telephone call, electronic means (such as, without limitation, electronic mail, electronic chat and instant messaging), or other means of contemporaneous interactive communication, of a majority of a quorum of the members of a public body held for the purpose of discussing public business," and it permits attendance of members of the public body at public meetings by a means other than physical presence.
To permit attendance by a means other than physical presence, the City of Crystal Lake must adopt rules that conform to the requirements and restrictions of the Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 12017.
The corporate authorities of the City of Crystal Lake desire to permit attendance of members of the public body by means other than physical presence in compliance with the Open Meetings Act.
The corporate authorities of the City of Crystal Lake find that it is necessary that any existing ordinances, resolutions or policies be amended to conform with the term "meeting" to include electronic gatherings as defined in Section 120/1.02 of the Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/1.02).
The City of Crystal Lake hereby adopts the Electronic Attendance at Meetings Rules, attached hereto, that permit a member of the public body to attend any meeting of a public body as defined in the Open Meetings Act via electronic means.
Editor's Note: The Electronic Attendance at Meetings Rules are included as an attachment to this chapter.