Elected Officials To Set Example By Hanging Out Together Not Separately | WGLT

Elected Officials To Set Example By Hanging Out Together Not Separately

Nov 14, 2016

Andrew Jumonville's 'Convergence of Purpose' statue showing Jesse Fell, Abraham Lincoln, and David Davis speaking about Lincoln's run for the Presidency
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Elected leaders in Bloomington Normal are calling for cool heads and reasoned conversation about public affairs.

Bloomington Alderman Scott Black said that's the point of a rally over the noon hour Tuesday at which local elected officials will emphasize how they cooperate with each other across ideological lines.

"And it's very troubling that people are un-friending folks on social media. They are meeting in the streets and yelling at each other. And I think that showing that elected officials can work together despite coming from completely different political persuasions is a value," said Black.

The rally will be at the Lincoln sculpture known as the 'convergence of purpose' statue near the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. You can hear the event during Sound Ideas on GLT.

"We've seen a lot of things on Facebook and I really want to show the public that the elected officials are committed to hearing each other out and moving the community forward," said Black.

Black said he hopes central Illinois leaders can model conduct and attitudes for national officials.