- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The city of East St. Louis wants a judge to toss out an activist’s lawsuit that seeks the ouster of the mayor and four council members for supposed misconduct.

The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1aPMhSS) reports a Friday hearing on Matt Hawkins’s lawsuit was continued until Feb. 7. That happened after the city asked a St. Clair County judge to reject the lawsuit that a city attorney calls frivolous.

Hawkins is a member of Civic Alliance of East St. Louis. He alleges city officials violated state law related to the Freedom of Information Act and tax increment financing districts.

Hawkins is asking that the city be fined $435,000, with that money going to his nonprofit group. He says he hopes others would pursue similar legal action to hold elected officials accountable.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com