ABC 20 Streaming LiveWeb WatchSpotlight 20Pump PatrolRaw NewsYour Voice News SurveyIn the Kitchen

Forecast

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a slight rain or storm chance during the early evening. Low: 67. Winds: Light Southwest.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with a slight storm by late afternoon. High: 89. Winds: Southwest ...

more »

Advertise with us!

WICS 20 :: News - Ready, Set, Shred - City Council Tables Shredding Lawsuit Agreement

City Council Tables Shredding Lawsuit Agreement

We have a follow-up now to an ABC Newschannel 20 exclusive.

As we reported last week, police blogger Calvin Christian dropped his demands for the city to identify those involved in the police document shredding controversy, and has reportedly accepted a six-figure deal offered by the city to drop his lawsuit.

After city council tabled the agreement, it dawned on us that in recent court documents, the city admits to "willfully and intentionally" destroying the internal affairs documents of Police Deputy Chief Cliff Buscher. But the admission stops short of identifying those that took part.

With that in mind, we wanted to know why Mayor Mike Houston refuses to name names or take punitive action against those involved. When we asked him after the city council meeting Tuesday night, here's how the conversation went:

Vince DeMentri: Mr. Mayor, the city has admitted that they willfully and intentionally destroyed Deputy Chief Buscher's file. Broke the law, knowing that it was under FOIA. Certainly, they have to know who was responsible. You know who's responsible, sir. Who are they?

Mayor Houston: You may know who is responsible, and you certainly have better records, apparently, than the city, as a result of having internal affairs documents. But I don't have that information.

Vince DeMentri: So are you saying you don't know who's responsible?

Mayor Houston: I'm indicating that I'm waiting for...

Vince DeMentri: That wasn't the question. Do you know who's responsible, sir?

Mayor Houston: I'm waiting for an investigation to be conducted, and when that investigation has been completed, we will then have whatever discipline is warranted.

Vince DeMentri: But you've already admitted that you've done this. Surely you have to know the people involved. Why are you so reluctant to tell us and take action against these people?

City communications director Nathan Mihelich:
You just asked him that question, and he's already answered it.

The status of the investigation by the state police and the Illinois Appellate Attorney's office is unknown, because neither agency will comment. City Council Tables Shredding Lawsuit Agreement

Wednesday, April 23 2014, 10:23 AM CDT

Ready, Set, Shred Stories

Ready, Set, Shred: State Police Investigation Complete

City Council Tables Shredding Lawsuit Agreement

Possible Settlement In Springfield File Shredding Lawsuit

Judge Orders City to Release Police IA Files

No Decision Yet on Police Internal Affairs Files

Judge Issues Order Protecting Release of Some IA Files

READY SET SHRED: Mayor's Assistant At Shredding Meeting Accidentally

Mayor's Assistant Involved in Shredding Controversy

READY, SET, SHRED: Williams, Noll Speak After Deposition

READY, SET, SHRED: Williams Testifies in Deposition

READY, SET, SHRED: New Developments Revealed in Deposition Exhibits

County Judge Won't Dismiss Shredding Case

READY SET SHRED: ISP Asked to Investigate SPD Leak

Interim Police Chief Reveals To-Do List

UPDATED: Houston Names Interim Police Chief

Aldermen on Police Chief Search

Mayor Discusses Silence on Shredding Controversy

Executive Session Details to Remain Confidential

Springfield City Council Special Meeting Called

State Auditing Pay Spike for City Police

McMenamin: Release of Executive Session Tapes Unnecessary

Houston Vacationing After City Leader Shakeup

Who Requested Cliff Buscher's File?

Chief Williams Eligible for Perk Upon Retirement

Talk of the Town - Your Reaction

Aldermen React to Leadership Shakeup

READY, SET, SHRED: Part Four

McMenamin, Edwards React to Mayor's Announcement

Chief Williams, Mark Cullen Leaving Positions

READY, SET, SHRED: Part Three

Springfield Aldermen Sound Off After Part Two

Leaders React to Part Two

READY, SET, SHRED: Part Two

Springfield Leaders React to Part One

READY, SET, SHRED: Part One

READY, SET, SHRED: The Series and Supporting Documents

Advertise with us!

Business News

Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumer prices rose in July, at the slowest pace in five months.

Consumer Info

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
 reputation. ...

Get This

MARIJUANA SEMINAR

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Weed users can now learn how to become garden gurus.

Science/Tech News

IN THE NEWS: WHITE HOUSE NUDGING CARMAKERS TO MAKE CRASH-PROOF CARS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration says it's taking the first step toward making future cars and light trucks less likely to crash.

 

Tonight on WICS

10:00 - ABC Newschannel 20 Nightside

Complete Schedule »


WICS Pay It Forward
Phases of the Moon Festival
WICS Cheers For The Years
Sunrise Team
WICS Storm Team