Don Craven

Open Meetings Decision
8:05 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Judge Rules on City Council Text Messages

A judge in Illinois said electronic messages between city representatives sent during an open meeting should be public record.

The matter went to court when city of Champaign denied a newspaper's request for electronic communications among city council members sent during the board's meetings.

The judge sided with the Champaign News-Gazette, saying the records are public even if they were sent on personal phones and e-mail accounts.

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