CAHOKIA, IL. (ECWd) -
When citizens file complaints against a public body for violating the Freedom of Information Act and violating the Open Meetings Act, the Attorney General asks the public body for their official stance on what happened.
In this case, a complaint was made because the Mayor of Cahokia decided he didn't want to let a citizen talk during public comment time at an open public meeting.
Mayor McCall had her removed from the meeting by a police officer without even asking her to sit down, or saying anything that would warn her she was about to be forcibly removed.
Later, the attorney for the village, Robert Sprague, wrote the AG's office and said the mayor asked her several times to sit down and then she was removed (click here for letter).
That is a flat-out lie. Sprague could have simply watched the video to determine what happened, but chose not to. Nobody told her to sit down. Nobody told her to be quiet.
Video of the incident starts at about the 10:22 point and only lasts for about 15-20 seconds:
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