It is a rare occassion when the Springfield City Council does not go into executive session but that was the case Tuesday night.
Attorney John Gray Noll addressed the council just before they took a vote to go into a closed door session to discuss terms of a possible settlement with Calvin Christian III in the police file shredding case. Noll pointed out that one member of the council has an apparent conflict of interest.
“Mr. Christian is involved in a traffic case in Sangamon County. He is represented by Alderman Cahnman. That is an issue” says Noll.
Most council members questioned why they were not informed of Cahnman’s involvement with Christian until just now. Corporation Counsel John Mehlick says he just found out about Cahnman’s involvement Monday. Cahnman says he would file a motion to withdraw from the case, but Mehlick says it is too late. The council voted to table the proposed settlement deal that was set for a vote until they can sort out their legal options. Noll represents the city in the case.