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October 22, 2014, 8:52 am
970 WMAY News

Illinois Times Reporter Files Criminal Complaint Against Mayor and Aldermen

An Illinois Times reporter says filing lawsuits over Open Meetings Act violations just doesn’t cut it, because there’s no meaningful penalty for such a violation.


So Bruce Rushton is pursuing a criminal complaint against Mayor Mike Houston and all 10 city aldermen, accusing them of committing a misdemeanor violation of the law with their closed-door discussion of the possible privatization of Oak Ridge Cemetery.


Rushton filed a police complaint with the Sangamon County Sheriff’s office… after Springfield police refused to take the report.


Rushton says if prosecutors pursue the case, he would settle for making the defendants write a longhand essay on the value of open government.


Listen to Rusthon with Bishop On Air from Tuesday.

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