City reverses itself on public records secrecy

KANKAKEE — For the third time in a year, the city of Kankakee has decided to release public records after the Daily Journal appealed its decisions to keep them secret.

In the latest case, the city was keeping under wraps a grievance filed by Kankakee police officer Logan Andersen. But a city attorney wrote a letter to the state’s attorney general last week saying the city was backing down from its previous stance.

“After reviewing the facts, the law and the prior responses, the city has reconsidered its initial position,” said Mary Norwell, an attorney with Odelson & Sterk, a suburban Chicago law firm that represents the city. (Read more here…)