file shredding http://wuis.org en Intent of Inspector General To Curb Corruption In City Operations http://wuis.org/post/intent-inspector-general-curb-corruption-city-operations <p>Springfield officials are considering adding a position that will take a closer look at misbehavior in city government.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:58:10 +0000 Lee Strubinger 26681 at http://wuis.org Intent of Inspector General To Curb Corruption In City Operations 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 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 Acting Police Chief Winslow On Restoring Dept. Morale, Public Confidence http://wuis.org/post/acting-police-chief-winslow-restoring-dept-morale-public-confidence <p></p><p><span style="font-size: medium; line-height: normal; ">Springfield's new top cop says regaining the public's trust in his department is at the top of his to-do list. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Acting Chief Kenny Winslow took over Monday for Robert Williams, whose signature at the bottom of a police union memo cleared the way for destruction of internal affairs files.</p><p>Williams, along with the city's attorney, this month stepped aside as the city faces a lawsuit alleging it violated public records laws.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:10:45 +0000 Peter Gray 6513 at http://wuis.org Acting Police Chief Winslow On Restoring Dept. Morale, Public Confidence Interview: Alderman Cory Jobe On Push To Release Council Tapes http://wuis.org/post/interview-alderman-cory-jobe-push-release-council-tapes <p>Springfield residents may soon know more about events this spring that led to the abrupt resignation of city attorney Mark Cullen and retirement of Police Chief Robert Williams.</p><p>On Tuesday, July 30th, the City Council will decide whether to release the audio recording and transcript of a closed-door meeting about the shredding of police internal affairs files.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:16:11 +0000 Peter Gray 6319 at http://wuis.org Interview: Alderman Cory Jobe On Push To Release Council Tapes