Calvin Christian http://wuis.org en Mehlick Leaving Post As Springfield's Top Attorney http://wuis.org/post/mehlick-leaving-post-springfields-top-attorney <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Springfield's top city attorney has submitted his resignation after helping the mayor and aldermen through a difficult legal battle.</span></p><p>Mayor Mike Houston appointed Mehlick this summer, following the departure of former Corporation Counsel Mark Cullen.&nbsp; Cullen and other city officials are named in the lawsuit filed on behalf of Springfield resident Calvin Christian.&nbsp; Christian accuses them of knowingly and intentionally destroying the documents he was seeking through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:06:19 +0000 Peter Gray 14336 at http://wuis.org Mehlick Leaving Post As Springfield's Top Attorney City Of Springfield Could Settle Police File Shredding Lawsuit http://wuis.org/post/city-springfield-could-settle-police-file-shredding-lawsuit <p>The City of Springfield could be close to settling a lawsuit over destruction of police records.&nbsp; Springfield Mayor Mike Houston has filed an ordinance that would settle the case for $102,964.10.</p><p>Aldermen could vote on it Tuesday night.&nbsp; The proposal says Calvin Christian, who filed the suit, would receive about $30,000 while his attorneys would get much of the remainder.&nbsp; Christian took the city to court after documents he had sought under the Freedom of Information Act were destroyed.&nbsp; The city would admit no wrongdoing under the deal.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:24:44 +0000 Sean Crawford 13898 at http://wuis.org City Of Springfield Could Settle Police File Shredding Lawsuit Houston: Leak Of Former Chief's Testimony "Unethical" http://wuis.org/post/houston-leak-former-chiefs-testimony-unethical <p>Mike Houston says the court system doesn't appreciate when cases are "tried in public", and Springfield's mayor suggests "unethical" leaks of sworn testimony to the media are doing that by "coloring the situation".</p><p>The situation is the ongoing lawsuit filed by local newspaper columnist Calvin Christian, which claims the city destroyed dozens of documents he was seeking through the Freedom of Information Act.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:51:16 +0000 Peter Gray 9475 at http://wuis.org Houston: Leak Of Former Chief's Testimony "Unethical" Springfield Agrees To Pay $5K For Destroying Buscher File, Violating FOIA http://wuis.org/post/springfield-agrees-pay-5k-destroying-buscher-file-violating-foia <p>The City of Springfield admits it illegally destroyed Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher's internal affairs file.&nbsp;</p><p>In <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/749788-foiamotion.html">a motion</a> filed in Sangamon County Court Friday, the City agrees to pay Calvin Christian $5,000, the fee set for a single violation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.&nbsp;</p><p>Christian sued the City in May after it said Buscher's file had been destroyed.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 10:46:00 +0000 Peter Gray 7024 at http://wuis.org Springfield Agrees To Pay $5K For Destroying Buscher File, Violating FOIA Aldermen Want More Oversight Following File-Shredding Incident http://wuis.org/post/aldermen-want-more-oversight-following-file-shredding-incident <p>Members of the Springfield City Council are looking for a way to prevent further incidents like the one in April in which police records were apparently shredded or deleted after they were requested by a local reporter through the Freedom of Information Act.</p><p>Tuesday night aldermen passed out of committee an ordinance that would require all changes to union contracts be approved by the Council and signed by the Mayor. &nbsp;Such contractual changes are known as memorandums of understanding, or MOUs.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 15:26:04 +0000 Peter Gray 2569 at http://wuis.org Aldermen Want More Oversight Following File-Shredding Incident City Leaders Respond To File Shredding Lawsuit http://wuis.org/post/city-leaders-respond-file-shredding-lawsuit <p>Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he's gathering more information about events last month that triggered allegations that the city destroyed files sought in a Freedom of Information Act Request.</p><p>Attorneys for Springfield resident Calvin Christian say the police department violated a state public records retention law last month by destroying dozens of internal affairs files subject to a FOIA request filed by Christian.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:19:05 +0000 Peter Gray 2350 at http://wuis.org City Leaders Respond To File Shredding Lawsuit