A Springfield alderman says he may try to postpone tonight’s vote on a proposed settlement of the lawsuit brought against the city by a local reporter.
Mayor Mike Houston has proposed the settlement to pay Calvin Christian and his lawyers more than $100,000 to end Christian’s lawsuit over shredded police department internal affairs files. But Alderman Sam Cahnman is concerned about all the things that alderman and taxpayers still don’t know about the case… details that the settlement does nothing to clear up.
The ordinance is on emergency passage tonight. It would take a total of eight votes to approve the measure this evening. Appearing live on 970 WMAY’s “Bishop On Air,” Cahnman says he will push to delay the vote for at least two weeks so that aldermen can read depositions from the lawsuit and other relevant material before deciding whether to accept the settlement.