Several Springfield aldermen are requesting an independent investigation of the destruction of police department files… and say the shredding of those documents could constitute a felony.
A proposed ordinance that goes before the City Council committee of the whole this week says the destruction of any public record without lawful authority is a Class 4 felony, and asks Attorney General Lisa Madigan to look into the matter. Mayor Mike Houston has already sent his own letter to the Attorney General, asking for a review of the matter.
It's one of several ordinances that will push the document destruction case front and center before the City Council this week. Aldermen will also discuss one that prohibits document destruction without City Council approval, and another that says the mayor can execute changes to contracts if they have been approved by aldermen. (The documents were destroyed after a memorandum of understanding was reached by the poilce chief and police union, without the input of the mayor or city council.)