Illinois AG: Swansea Violated Open-Meetings Law

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SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois’ top law enforcer says administrators in a southwestern Illinois village violated the state’s open-meetings law by privately discussing staff cutbacks during budget talks.

The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/Q0bzlH ) reports that Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office says the violation involving Swansea trustees took place five times between last February and May.

Village leaders argued the closed session was legal because they discussed specific employees.

But Madigan’s office ruled in a binding July 11 opinion that municipalities can go into closed session to discuss specific employees’ performance, but not whether they will lose their jobs because of budgetary reasons.

Mayor Jim Rauckman says he’ll recommend that the village board follow Madigan’s recommendation. He says the board will do its “absolute best” to comply with the open-meetings law.
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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat

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