Two North Side activists are suing the City Council for allegedly violating the state’s Open Meetings Act, claiming they were denied entrance to the May and June full Council meetings because preferential admission was given to government staff and “the Mayor’s allies.”

Andrew Thayer and Rick Garcia filed a complaint Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court. They are represented by attorneys with Loevy & Loevy and the Uptown People’s Law Center. Thayer is a member of the Gay Liberation Network and the Uptown Tent City Organizers Group. Garcia is a long-time gay activist and founding member of Equality Illinois.

The suit alleges that on May 18th, 2016, Thayer showed up to City Hall with several others around 8:30 a.m. to attend the monthly City Council meeting. That day, a joint meeting of License and Housing Committees was being held in the Council Chambers an hour prior to the monthly meeting, so aldermen could consider a substitute of the Mayor’s Airbnb regulations.

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