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DeKALB – The DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office will be sending a letter of inquiry to the DeKalb Public Library Board regarding a violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
The letter of inquiry will ask the board "to explain what happened and why the violation has occurred and how they intend to remedy the situation for the future," DeKalb County State's Attorney John Farrell said Thursday afternoon.
He added that no one has contacted his office requesting an investigation into the matter, but through media reports discovered "that there's an apparent violation by their own admission."
"We would look into something that is absolutely in violation of the law, certainly potential criminal prosecution," he said. "In this case it looks like they know they messed up."
The library board will take corrective action at its next meeting after it inadvertently failed to follow the Illinois Open Meetings Act when it voted to enter into a purchase agreement to buy the former DeKalb Clinic, the library’s attorney has said.
Attorney Gary Cordes said Wednesday the board voted on the purchase agreement during a May 12 meeting in closed session – a violation of the Open Meetings Act, which mandates that the purchase of property be done in open session. A message left with Cordes late Thursday afternoon was not immediately returned.
The property owned by the clinic was sold for $1.8 million so that the library can move forward with a new 89,000-square-foot facility.