Joliet mayor accuses law firm of over-charging

A new twist developed Thursday in the decade-long legal battle over the Evergreen Terrace housing complex in Joliet.

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk said the will consider a criminal investigation into payments made to a law firm that represented the city in its dispute with federal officials.

He said the rates were higher than contracted. According to the mayor, any increases should have been presented to the city council for approval.

"I think there are two aspects of this to be investigated. There's a civil aspect with the city of Joliet going after the individuals to get our money back and I think there's a potential criminal aspect," O'Dekirk said.

Joliet spent years trying to condemn the property.

The law firm that represented the city did not return calls.
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