A Cook County Chancery Court judge ordered an additional hearing for one count and promised rulings next month for five others regarding a preliminary injunction charging the City Council has repeatedly violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act (OMA). Plaintiffs Andy Thayer and Rick Garcia charge they and other protesters were kept from attending the May 18 and June 22 City Council meetings because city employees packed the Council gallery, preventing members of the public from getting in. Monday’s hearing was a follow up to one held in October.

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