1-8-11        STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR PARTICIPATION.  Pursuant to Public Act 94-1058 which amends the Open Meetings Act in 5 ILCS 120/7, this County does hereby establish a policy that permits members of the corporate body to attend meetings by means other than physical presence.

          1-8-12        DEFINITION OF MEETING.  The term “meeting” shall mean “any gathering, whether in person or by video or audio conference, telephone calls, electronic means (such as, without limitation, electronic mail, electronic chat and instant messaging), or other means of contemporary interactive communication, of a majority of a quorum of the members of a public body held for the purpose of discussing public business” or such other definition as shall be contained within the state statutes.

          1-8-13        AMENDMENT OF PREVIOUS TERMS.  The definition of “meeting” set forth in Section 1-8-12 shall supersede and replace any other definition used in any previous or existing ordinance.

          1-8-14        REMOTE PARTICIPATION POLICY.  The County hereby adopts the Remote Participation Policy, as outlined in Addendum “A”, that permits a member of the public body to attend and participate in any meeting of a public body as defined in the Open Meetings Act from a remote location via telephone, video, or internet connection provided that such attendance and participation is in compliance with the policy and any applicable laws.