Concern over city's legal expenditures

Concern over city's legal expenditures

Update: 10:03 pm, 6/2/14, Monday URBANA -- A large lawyer bill has some city council members asking, "Is it worth it?"
Update: 10:03 pm, 6/2/14, Monday
URBANA -- A large lawyer bill has some city council members asking, "Is it worth it?" Monday night's closed door meeting was an attempt to tackle the issue.

Earlier, it was reported more than $200,000 went to out-of-town lawyers' fees. The money went to fight suits with Carle and Liz Walden, a former city employee. But, only about $9,000 was budgeted.

Council member Erik Jakobssen asked for the meeting. He says if there isn't an agreement between the council and the mayor about the lawyer fee budget, he'll push for no money at all for lawyers. Another closed door session will take place next month.
Original: 10:04 pm, 5/14/14, Wednesday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- An Urbana politician is upset about the amount of money being spent on out-of-town lawyers. More than $200,000 went to special counsel. Only about $9,000 was budgeted.

The money went to fight suits with Carle and Liz Walden, a former city employee. A man who ran for mayor says the city should have found a local lawyer to do the work.

Next year's proposed budget has $175,000 going toward special counsel fees. Mayor Laurel Prussing says about $75,000 is for the Carle lawsuit. The rest is for other suits. Prussing isn't expecting to use all of it, but wants to have it in the budget so the city would be prepared just in case.
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