News

City Attorney Confirmation on Hold

City Attorney Confirmation on Hold

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston will continue to wait to see if aldermen will approve his choice for the next city attorney.

Former Bloomington city attorney J. Todd Greenburg was scheduled for confirmation this week, but was out of the country on a cruise.

“There were several questions that were asked of Mr. Greenburg, and I know he’s been on vacation on a cruise and he hasn’t been available,” said Ward 3 Alderman Doris Turner.

Greenburg sent a letter to aldermen and the mayor on New Year’s Day, noting he’d be out of town on vacation between Jan. 5 and Jan. 12. Ward 7 Alderman Joe McMenamin didn’t take kindly to that.

“You and Mayor Houston should have informed the Council earlier and prior to the Committee of the Whole meeting if you intended that meeting to be our only opportunity to question you regarding your pending appointment,” McMenamin said in an e-mail reply to Greenburg.

Mayor Houston, when questioned after Tuesday’s City Council meeting, said aldermen were informed in advance of Greenburg’s vacation and said there was plenty of time for questions.

“He had offered to meet with each of the members of the city council on an individual basis to answer questions,” said Houston. “I’m not sure what additional questions there would be after the Committee of the Whole meeting.”

Houston believes Greenburg will be confirmed once he shows up. Some aldermen question the choice as Greenburg clashed with Bloomington officials before his retirement.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

REVIEW: ‘St. Vincent’ shouldn’t work, but it does

This image released by The Weinstein Company shows Bill Murray, left, and Jaeden Lieberher in a scene from the film, "St. Vincent."

St. Vincent should be forgettable, yet it’s one of the more memorable and moving dramedies you’ll see this year.

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: Oct. 23

strait

A look at the Hollywood headlines that went down in history.

in Entertainment

Oprah, Neil Patrick Harris among year’s most ‘fascinating’

FILE - This Sept. 20, 2009 file photo shows host Neil Patrick Harris during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Harris will host the Emmys again. CBS will air the Emmycast live from Los Angeles on Sept. 22. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)

Barbara Walters is back with her annual TV special.