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A judge in central Illinois says the city of Champaign should turn over electronic messages City Council members sent and received during meetings.

Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Schmidt's decision Monday supports an earlier decision by the Illinois attorney general's office based on the state's Freedom of Information Act.

The case involves a request for "all electronic communications, including cellphone text messages" sent during City Council meetings and study sessions over several weeks last year.

In response, the city turned over 24 pages of emails but argued the rest of the documents weren't public record because they were on council members' personal accounts and phones.

Champaign City Attorney Fred Stavins says the city is deciding whether to appeal the judge's decision.

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