Illinois city hires private eye to find who leaked documents

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DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) _ A Chicago suburb will spend as much as $30,000 on a private investigator to find out who leaked confidential documents to a local newspaper.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that the city council in Des Plaines voted unanimously this week to hire Chicago-based investigative firm Hillard Heintze to conduct the probe.

The paper says that in June an elected official and city staff member gave the newspaper all or parts of a report prepared by the city’s attorneys. The documents detailed all ongoing litigation involving the city and were marked “confidential _ attorney privilege.”

Release of the documents violates the village’s code of ethics and could result in employees being fired and elected officials censured by the city council.
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Information from: Daily Herald