Springfield Police Department http://wuis.org en Springfield Police Lieutenant Retires Days After Receiving Promotion http://wuis.org/post/springfield-police-lieutenant-retires-days-after-receiving-promotion <p>Earlier this month,&nbsp; the Springfield Police Department promoted two sergeants to the rank of lieutenant.&nbsp; One has already retired, able to earn a higher pension because of the promotion.</p><p>Under state law, retiring police officers are allowed to collect pension benefits based on rank for their last day of employment.</p><p>Springfield Alderman Joe McMenamin says a lieutenant retiring at a rank he never served is quote 'offensive.' He says the public doesn't appreciate a "revolving door of promotions right before retirement.”</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24705 at http://wuis.org Springfield Police Lieutenant Retires Days After Receiving Promotion State Police Investigation on Local Officers Released http://wuis.org/post/state-police-investigation-local-officers-released <p>A 300 page report by Illinois State Police investigating&nbsp; alleged misconduct by two Springfield Police detectives Paul Carpenter and Jim Graham has been released.&nbsp;</p><p>After several Freedom of Information Act requests by local&nbsp; media outlets for several years, Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Schmidt ruled that the report should be made available to the public.&nbsp;</p><p>Springfield Corporation Council Todd Greenburg says his office can review about 250 pages every 30 days, stretching release of the full document over nine months.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:34:27 +0000 Lee Strubinger 19839 at http://wuis.org State Police Investigation on Local Officers Released Winslow Hired As Springfield Police Chief http://wuis.org/post/winslow-hired-springfield-police-chief <div><span style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">Springfield aldermen have unanimously approved the hiring of Kenny Winslow as the city's police chief. Winslow has been in the role since last summer, when he took over after the resignation of Robert Williams. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:26:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 19247 at http://wuis.org Winslow Hired As Springfield Police Chief Winslow Expected To Get Police Chief Job http://wuis.org/post/winslow-expected-get-police-chief-job <p>After more than 6 months as Acting Springfield Police Chief, Kenny Winslow has been nominated for the job on permanent basis. &nbsp;<br /><br />Winslow assumed his role July 29th, after Robert Williams resigned following a file shredding scandal. &nbsp;<br />Winslow says there are several things at the department that need to be done.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:58:40 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18336 at http://wuis.org Winslow Expected To Get Police Chief Job 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 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 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