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Ruling requires Champaign to turn over records, denies lawyer pay

From  An Illinois appellate court has sided with The News-Gazette and ruled that the city of Champaign turn over to reporter Patrick Wade copies of electronic communications sent and received by city council members during council meetings and study sessions in May, June and July 2011.

But the same three-member court overturned a ruling by Sangamon County Judge John Schmidt that The News-Gazette's attorney was entitled to $7,500 in attorney fees and costs from the city.


Champaign City Attorney Fred Stavins said Wednesday the city would make a decision within the next two weeks whether to appeal the ruling.

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