URBANA, IL. (ECWd) –
The City of Urbana has paid our attorneys $12,750.00 to settle the lawsuit we filed in relation to their complete disregard of the Open Meetings Act’s mandate that people have the right to speak during public meetings, and public bodies can only adopt reasonable rules, and those rule must enhance, not restrict, the public’s ability to comment.
Under the previous rule, the Mayor permitted public comment and mentioning of names when the comments were favorable to the city or person, but cut off comments and names when the comments were not favorable. In other words: content based speech restrictions. That is why this lawsuit was filed.
While the settlement does not admit any wrongdoing on the part of the city, the city did admit it changed its public comment rules after the filing of the lawsuit.