from Press Conference
Part 1 | 5:17
Part 2 | 5:51
Weisner bypassed the city council after receiving a report from Kane County State's Attorney John Barsanti that no laws were broken, but Barsanti made it clear he was only speaking of laws of which he has juridiction:
"I offer no opinions on matters of which I have no authority or jurisdiction,"
-John Barsanti, Kane County State's Attorney
***NOTE: Barsanti ONLY reviewed questions of CRIMINAL CONDUCT, not whether or not there was any violation of any ordinances, land use or zoning.
>Barsanti's Opinion | Luetkehan's Report | Marten's Report (pdf's)
>Supporting Documents (pdf's) | Tab 1 | Tab 2 | Tab 3 | Tab 4 | Tab 5
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Last month, serious questions were raised about whether Gemini Office Development and Planned Parenthood were forthcoming in their dealings with the city and followed all local laws. As Mayor, I felt that I had a responsibility to the citizens of Aurora to investigate those allegations and with the support of the City Council initiated three independent reviews of the process.
Earlier today, Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti cleared Planned Parenthood and Gemini Office Development of criminal wrongdoing. Both the Martens and Luetkehans reports indicate that Gemini and Planned Parenthood misrepresented certain tenant information. However, their reports also indicate that this is not a sufficient basis to deny an occupancy permit.
The Luetkehans report found that while a medical clinic is a permitted use for that property, medical clinics are excluded from performing major surgeries under the City of Aurora’s zoning definitions. Based on a review of this finding, the city has contacted Planned Parenthood for clear written assurance that only minor surgeries as defined by the Luetkehans report would be performed at this facility.
Over the last few weeks, the City of Aurora has been inundated with thousands of phone calls, letters and requests from people who feel passionately about the abortion issue. As elected officials, we are sworn to uphold the law regardless of our personal, emotional or even religious beliefs. Based on the opinions of these three attorneys, the City of Aurora has no legal basis to deny Planned Parenthood an occupancy certificate and thus the Building and Permits Division will move forward with issuing Planned Parenthood an occupancy certificate.
"This is an important victory for the women in Aurora and surrounding communities who want to get the health care they need and deserve."
-Steve Trombley, Planned Parenthood Chicago
-Eric Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League
...(updated) Legal action will be initiated to counter city's action.
...Sources say Planned Parenthood knew about Weisner's decision before city council.
...Weisner and staff kept reports away from city council until just before press conference; city council "blindsided" by announcement and Weisner's unilateral action.
...Some are calling for investigation into Weisner, Weingartz and Wiet's roles, including any "criminal" conduct and conflicts-of-interest.
...crowd outside city hall accuses Weisner of betrayal of bringing findings to council to deliberate in an open manner, saying "we want justice" and demands Weisner "come out of hiding."
...Luetkehans reports reveals City of Aurora attempted to rush investigation despite promises to the contrary and city staff failed to provide all requested documents to him.
...Luetkehans report also differentiates between "minor" and "major" surgeries and states major surgeries would require special-use permit, but Planned Parenthood's attorneys failed to provide a response to his inquiry about the type of abortions that would be performed.
...(updated) Planned Parenthood is planning to open (for now) at 10am on Tuesday with a press conference. A prayer vigil will start at 9:30am at ground zero. Planned Parenthood will not have their rally at 4pm on Tuesday as originally scheduled.
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