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DPS61 releases audio recordings of 16 closed meetings ordered by AG | Main stories

UPDATE: 11/4/22

Decatur Public Schools has released audio recordings of closed-door meetings in which board members are believed to have violated the Open Meetings Act. The Illinois Attorney General ordered DPS61 to release the audio and minutes of the 16 closed hearings.

Click here to listen to the audio.

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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – The Illinois Attorney General is ordering DPS61 to release audio recordings and minutes of 16 closed board meetings.

A concerned citizen has asked the Attorney General’s Office of Public Outreach to reconsider the Decatur school board’s discussion of building a new school using federal pandemic aid funds.

The investigation found the board began discussing the new school in October 2021 but did not mention the idea in public until June 2022.

DPS61 argued that it was able to discuss these matters in closed session because of exemptions that allow public bodies to discuss real estate acquisitions. However, the Public Access Bureau found that the board discussed the potential impact of building a new school, identified a strategy for using COVID-19 funds for construction and discussed how state law could be amended to avoid a referendum vote.

The Attorney General’s Office is now ordering DPS61 to release audio recordings and meeting minutes of 16 meetings where inappropriate discussions took place.

You can read the entire AG report here:

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