Watchdog group sues Rosemont over records related to Garth Brooks concerts

The watchdog group Better Government Association filed suit Thursday against the village of Rosemont for redacting financial information from public records that the group requested for the year the village drew country music star Garth Brooks to Allstate Arena.

The association contends in its lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, that the financial information was redacted from a village response in January to a request to disclose all 2014 contracts for amusement events at Allstate Arena, which would include Brooks' series of concerts.

The group first made its request Nov. 13, a day after the village passed an ordinance that gave the mayor and other officials the power to withhold documents if they believed the release of information would put village-owned entertainment venues at a competitive disadvantage. Continue>>>