There are many aspects to transparency. One part of being transparent is being open to public input. Another part of being transparent is being open and honest with public input after it has been collected. So, what is the matter when public input is not honestly collected, and then those corrupted inputs are used to squash subsequent public input? It all gets to be a rather confusing cycle that can at times become a part of city government. The following account which is connected to the paving of our Central Business District with bricks is my favorite example of public input in Elgin, how it can be abused in its collection, and how it can be abused in its use.