The circus is coming to town! No, not the Presidential primaries, but the mysterious Great Lakes Basin Transportation Company llc who the public just learned about two months ago is coming to the Morris High School gym May 2nd.
The Morris Herald-News is reporting Great Lakes Basin promoter, Frank Patton is going to attend a Q&A arranged by Grundy County Board Chairman David Welter. Interesting. Very Interesting. Some of us are still skeptical.
It is being reported that Patton will be answering questions by the public provide the questions are written and read by a moderator. Sounds open, reasonable, and potentially neutral. That remains to be seen. Some of us are curious if real questions from the public will be answered. We’ve seen to many examples where the questions are gerrymandered and staged. We’ve seen too many times where these “townhall” meeting are staged events. Hopefully this is not the case.
If the public perceives actual questions from the public are avoided and softball propaganda questions are answered without adequate follow questions, this project will be seen as even more of a scam. I remember one project promoter for a certain powerline “for the wind turbines” did a Q&A at the U of I. He was very selective on the questions he would answer. A local US Congressman did an online townhall Q&A about energy issues. All of the questions that were supposedly asked by the public were from cities outside his district. Questions for Seattle seemed a bit phony.
Questions about the money men behind Patton will probably be off limits with “non-disclosure agreements”. Answers about a 15,000 acre “railyard” conveniently close the proposed Peotone airport will probably be aloof.
If this project is truly Frank Patton’s baby, I wonder if there has been a signed option to sell the project once the easement is obtained. If so, an option to sell the project is probably covered in a “non-disclosure agreement”.
Regardless, this will be a good show. Transparency is key. That;s something Frank Patton has lacked up until this point.