NORMAL (WEEK) -- Attorney General Kwame Raoul ruled on February 22, 2021 that the Town of Normal and Mayor Chris Koos violated the Open Meetings Act in September 2019.
The topic Marc Tiritilli brought up in 2019 was not on the agenda for that night's Normal Town Council meeting, which at the time, was not allowed.
"He asked me to stop, I explained why I wanted to continue, and then he asked me to stop again," said Tiritilli.
According to the Open Meetings Act, Tiritilli said he was allowed to bring it up during public comment.
"I said, 'fine, I will stop talking, but I strongly disagree with you,' and that's when I contacted the attorney generals office," said Tiritilli.
After we reached out to Normal Town Council for comment, they said they had already amended public comment guidelines.
Tiritilli called his complaint a 'victory' and it is not the first time he has had issues with the way council conducted its meetings.
"I want a much more open access to our government officials," said Tiritilli.
Now, he wants public comment to be moved to the beginning of council meetings.
"Sometimes these meetings have been going hours and if somebody wants to speak to their officials they have to sit there not knowing how long it's going to go," said Tiritilli.
Tiritilli faces 18-year incumbent, Chris Koos, April 6th in the race for mayor.