News

City Faces Another Potential Open Meetings Violation

City Faces Another Potential Open Meetings Violation

A seemingly benign resolution sparked another debate over whether the City of Springfield is, once again, violating the Open Meetings Act.

Most aldermen voted to pass a resolution supporting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Musueum as it applies for grant money. But they did it on emergency passage without giving advance notice they were doing so, which doesn’t sit well with Ward 7’s Joe McMenamin.

“It’s besides the point whether this is a controversial ordinance or not because we’re¬†establishing significant precedent here,” said McMenamin. “You do it with this one and then it could be done next time with something controversial, and you look back and sasy ‘well we’ve done it before.'”

Media law attorney Don Craven agrees, citing a case in Adams County, Illinois where an unmarked item passed under new business without proper notice.

The city’s newly appointed corporation counsel, Todd Greenburg, told aldermen the item was on the agenda somewhere, so it doesn’t violate the act.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Republicans Expect to Hang On to 18th Seat in Illinois

Il 18th District

Only candidate to announce a run for Aaron Schock's seat so far is Darin LaHood.

in Local

Rauner Stands By Right-To-Work Idea for Illinois

rauner

Governor Rauner stands by right-to-work zones in Illinois in spite of opinion issued by Lisa Madigan's office.

in Local

Catholic Bishops Call for Bell Ringing to Mark End of Civil War

church bell

Archdiocese of Chicago officials say the plan arose out of the denomination's annual meeting.

in Local

Eastern Ill. Lincoln Site to Commemorate 150th Death Anniversary

lincoln

The presentations are scheduled for the weekend of April 10 to 12.

in Local

Illinois Observes Earth Hour This Evening

Earth Hour

Lights out from 8:30 to 9:30 this evening.