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October 20, 2014, 5:45 pm
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Aldermen Criticize Mayor Over Handling of Oak Ridge Cemetery

There’s more controversy over the discussions about privatizing Oak Ridge Cemetery.


Aldermen sharply criticized Mayor Mike Houston Tuesday for hiring a consultant to study the idea without notifying aldermen first.


Houston defended the $3,000 contract, saying it’s important to have a range of options rather than to just keep subsidizing operations at the city-owned cemetery.


The mayor and aldermen are also facing legal action for earlier closed-door discussions on the future of Oak Ridge.


An Illinois Times reporter has filed a civil lawsuit and is also pursuing misdemeanor criminal charges against city officials for alleged violations of the Open Meetings Act.

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