According to multiple sources and media reports, Aurora's Zoning Administrator, Ed Sieben, was intentionally AWOL from last night's Aurora City Council meeting because Aurora's so-called corporation counsel, Alayne Weingartz, ordered him to an undisclosed location.
Because Ed Sieben and his capacity as Aurora's Zoning Director is at the center of a pending lawsuit between Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood and the City of Aurora and Planned Parenthood. Weingartz, who is pro-abortion and anti-people, did not want Sieben to be present for zoning and permit questions on Tuesday night since Planned Parenthood's request for parking would be discussed.
One of the lingering questions surrounding the Planned Parenthood situation is a question of whether or not the facility required a special-use permit. According to 4th Ward Alderman Rick Lawrence, questions to Sieben to clarify these issues have been ignored based upon "pending litigation."
Given the pending litigation, Lawrence asked that Planned Parenthood's request for expanded parking be held until a judge's ruling is expected on November 6th, but the Aurora City Council chose to proceed with the vote on the matter.
The request asked for 27 additional parking spaces for the specific purpose of "security" and Planned Parenthood said it was necessary due to the potential threat of protesters.
However, despite the intensity of Aurora becoming Ground Zero in the nation's abortion debate, the protests have been peaceful. Planned Parenthood says they need the additional parking so their employees don't have to park elsewhere in the vicinity and pass by protesters.
Several speakers who have been at the Planned Parenthood facility reportedly told the city council they have not only been peaceful, but they have not seen Planned Parenthood's current parking lot full.
9th Ward Alderman Leroy Keith defended Planned Parenthood and said there was once he saw the lot and it was "mostly full."
Most of the speakers say the request for additional parking is merely a legal tactic by Planned Parenthood to alter one of the grounds for the lawsuit against them with the city's so-called corporation counsel, Alayne Weingartz, colluding with Planned Parenthood's lawyers on ways to help them out.
The Aurora City Council voted 7-3 to support abortion and parking lot expansion for Planned Parenthood. Alderman Stephanie Kifowit, Alderman Abby Schuler, Alderman Rick Mervine, Alderman Lynda Elmore, Alderman Leroy Keith, Alderman Bob O'Connor and Alderman Mike Saville voted in favor of Planned Parenthood's request despite zero evidence to substantiate the request based upon security.
Alderman Rick Lawrence, Alderman Richard Irvin and Alderman Whitey Peters voted against the expansion. Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, Alderman Juany Garza and Mayor Tom Weisner were not at Tuesday's meeting.
Perhaps most bizarre was the revelation that so-called corporation counsel Alayne Weingartz sent a memo to members of city council to divert concerns of the special-use permit, saying there is a difference between a "not-for-profit medical facility" and a "non-for-profit health-related services facility."
Ed Sieben, Aurora's Zoning Director, may be able to clarify...once he's returned from the undisclosed location.