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October 22, 2014, 4:37 pm
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Aldermen Keep Executive Session Closed, Mayor to Waive Attorney-Client Privilege for Investigation


Springfield aldermen will not be releasing an executive session recording dealing with the file shredding controversy at the police department after all.

 

During a special Springfield City Council meeting Tuesday, aldermen said they received a letter from the State's Attorney Appellate Prosecutor's office requesting that May meeting be kept closed while the investigation by Illinois State Police goes forward.

 

Attorney John Gray Noll, an attorney hired by the city to handle the FOIA case in the courts, told aldermen there is case law that shows the head of a governing body can give an order to waive the attorney client privilege.

 

Mayor Mike Houston says he will execute that power and release former Corporation Counsel Mark Cullen to talk with ISP investigators. Cullen resigned over a week ago after revelations in the media of his involvement in the file shredding case.

 

Houston says the investigation should be timely and complete.

 

The State's Attorney Appellate Prosecutor's office took over the investigation after State's Attorney John Milhiser recused himself because of perceived conflicts.

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