Champaign won’t make further appeals of FOIA ruling

From  City Attorney Fred Stavins said on Tuesday night that the city does not plan to appeal an appellate court's decision that it must turn over text messages to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request The News-Gazette filed in 2011.

Stavins said there are "very few documents" to produce, but the city will comply with a ruling that text messages sent and received on a council member's private device during a city council meeting are public records.

Stavins added, however, that he believes there are important legal issues left unresolved by the appellate court decision and problems with the Freedom of Information Act that the state's General Assembly must address.

"These are important legal issues," Stavins said. "They're important issues of privacy. They're important issues of open and transparent government, too."

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