Open Meetings Act

The Illinois Open Meetings Act (OMA), 5 ILCS 120/1, is a state law that requires that meetings of public bodies be open to the public except in certain specific, limited situations where the law authorizes the public body to close a meeting.  OMA also provides that the public must be given advance notice of the time, place and subject matter of meetings of public bodies.  The village clerk serves as the OMA designee to ensure village compliance with the law.

Meeting Notices and Agendas

Meeting Notices and Agendas-Village Board

Meeting Notices and Agendas-Zoning Board of Appeals

Village of Bellflower meetings are open to the public, except for the following reasons as described in Section 2(c) of the Open Meetings Act:

  • the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of a specific employee or legal counsel for the public body
  • collective negotiating matters or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees
  • discipline or removal of an occupant of a public office or appointment of an individual to fill a vacant public office
  • evidence or testimony received in a hearing, provided that the body is a quasi-adjudicative body and prepares and makes available for public inspection a written decision setting forth its determinative reasoning
  • the purchase or lease of real property by the public body
  • the setting of a price for sale or lease of property owned by the public body
  • the sale or purchase of securities, investments, or investment contracts
  • security procedures
  • student disciplinary cases
  • the placement of individual students in special education programs and other matters relating to individual students
  • pending or probable litigation against, affecting or on behalf of the public body
  • the establishment of reserves or settlement of claims as provided in the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act
  • conciliation of complaints of discrimination in the sale or rental of housing
  • ongoing, prior or future criminal investigations, when discussed by public bodies with criminal investigatory responsibilities
  • professional ethics or performance when discussed by an advisory body to a licensing or regulatory agency
  • discussions regarding self-evaluation, practices and procedures or professional ethics with representatives of statewide associations
  • the recruitment, credentialing, discipline or formal peer review of physicians or other health care professionals for a hospital or other health care center
  • deliberations for decisions of the Prisoner Review Board
  • review or discussion of applications received under the Experimental Organ Transplantation Procedures Act
  • classification and discussion of confidential matters of the State Government Suggestion Award Board
  • discussion of the minutes of a meeting that was lawfully closed under OMA
  • deliberations of the State Emergency Medical Services Disciplinary Review Board
  • the operation by a municipality of a municipal utility or power agency or natural gas agency regarding contracts relating to the purchase, sale or delivery of electricity or natural gas, or the results or conclusions of lead forecast studies
  • meetings of a residential health care facility resident sexual assault and death review team
  • meetings of a mortality review team appointed under the Department of Juvenile Justice Mortality Review Team Act
  • confidential information, when discussed by one or more members of an elder abuse fatality review team, designated under Section 15 of the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act, while participating in a review conducted by that team of the death of an elderly person in which abuse or neglect is suspected, alleged, or substantiated, or
  • meetings of an independent team of experts under Brian's Law.

Contact Info

Herb Youngblood
Village Clerk
OMA Designee