Friday, November 16th

Sandy Weidner(Photo: Mark Balwinski)

Racine city officials won't say how much they're paying an outside law firm to try to punish an alderman whose fight to get public records has been sealed by a judge.

They told the Racine Journal Times that information is all part of the same big secret.

The Journal Sentinel first reported on the case in September, prompting several media organizations to call for the case — currently before the Court of Appeals — to be unsealed.

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Racine County Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz reminds Racine Alderperson Sandra Weidner she must obey his sealing order on her public records case.(Photo: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Racine County Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz took the unusual step of sealing an entire lawsuit filed by Ald. Sandra Weidner to obtain public records about her own emails.  

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