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October 24, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Aldermen Approve File Shred Settlement

The civil case a reporter has against the city is close to being resolved after 8 Springfield Aldermen voted in favor of the deal Tuesday night.


Reporter Calvin Christian sued the city of the destruction of internal affairs files he requested through the Freedom of Information Act. Before voting for the settlement, which gives Christian and his attorneys $103,000, Aldermen Joe McMenamin motioned for two amendments.


One, which failed to get a second, would have admonished a list of people involved, including Mayor Mike Houston's assistant Bill Logan, former Corporation Counsel Mark Cullen and Former Police Chief Robert Williams, along with current employees Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher and Assistant Corporation Counsel Geannette Wittendorf.


After that amendment failed, McMenamin motioned for another amendment to admonish Mayor Houston for overseeing employees that would break the law and improperly destroy files.


That amendment also failed to get enough support. The overall deal passed with only Aldermen Sam Cahnman and Steve Dove voting present.


There was also an effort by Alderman Frank Edwards during new business to release executive session minutes from May 7th where aldermen talked about the shredding case behind closed doors. That motion failed.


The next step is a hearing Wednesday morning with Judge John Belz where both sides will enter a motion to dismiss the case.

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