Madison County Board member Michael Parkinson is suing the county over alleged violations of the open meetings act. Parkinson, a Democrat from Granite City, made his lawsuit public on Wednesday claiming a resolution before the board to settle questions about a December meeting was improper.
The resolution was recently approved by the county Government Relations Committee, but Parkinson contends although it was not defined on the committee agenda. Board members learned of the pending lawsuit at the beginning of the meeting, which forced the board to table the resolution. At issue is the way the December meeting was handled, who was presiding over the meeting, and if board members were properly approved. Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons has stated he did not believe the meeting was legal based on the county's own rules. At the meeting, County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler appointed former county board member Steven Adler to preside over the meeting saying Adler had the experience to do so. Adler has since been appointed to a deputy position within the county. Prenzler has mostly dismissed the issue, saying the December 5 meeting was legal and handled properly.
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