Jul 26, 2014

Patch Releases Part I of the Legal Investigation Into Former Village Attorney

Read part one of the legal report into the former village attorney paid for by the taxpayers of Oak Lawn.

Patch Releases Part I of the Legal Investigation Into Former Village Attorney

voted Tuesday evening .

Godfrey and Kahn was to conduct a second investigation of the former village attorney after it was alleged that the firm over billed the village, as well as mishandled some cases.

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Some village board members also accused the mayor of blocking efforts to fire the law firm when it became apparent that the village's legal fees had tripled because he had friends at the firm.

The village Tied to the settlement was a confidentiality agreement that any findings would not be made public. Oak Lawn trustees unanimously agreed to the terms of the settlement, as they did to paying Tressler's legal fees between 2005 and 2006.

The legal settlement should in no way be construed as an admission of guilt by either party.

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Like several others, by the village. Tressler decided not to fight its release after a resident filed a denial with the Illinois Attorney General. The law firm also released itself of its financial obligations to defend the report against freedom of information act requests.

Like you, Patch is reading parts I and II for the first time, which were emailed to the editor Wednesday morning by Oak Lawn's legal counsel Paul O'Grady. The editor was also informed that Parts III and IV are both too big to send by email, but "we're working on it."

Part I is 107 pages and contains a narrative of Godfrey and Kahn's findings and recommendations. It is now a public document and is provided here for our readers as well as the other news media outlets that look to Oak Lawn Patch for leadership and guidance.

We will be posting the four, now public documents as they become available, or until we figure out how the hell to break up these giant pdfs into smaller ones.

So let us know your impressions. Do you think the money spent on this investigation was worth $500,000 of taxpayer dollars? Tell us in the comments.

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