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.