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I am very sorry for your situation.Can I file a grievance with someone over the mayors head ?
Not really, I am afraid. There is no 'grievance' panel for politicians. Ergo, one has basically two options:
1) Pursue a Writ of Mandamus
in Court. Said writ is a writ meant "to command a public official to perform some ministerial nondiscretionary duty in which the party seeking such relief has established a clear right to have it performed and a corresponding duty on the part of the official to act." McClaughry v. Village of Antioch, 296 Ill. App. 3d 636, 695 N.E.2d 492, 498 (2nd Dist. 1998) (emphasis in original) (internal quotations omitted)
In essence, it is a judicial review of the council's decision. The problem here is that the decision has to be non-discretionary in nature to be reviewed. For example, the council is denying someone a permit to build a house for no reason. Of course, there is a gray area. The threat of a mandamus action or a related action may be enough for them to reconsider. But, this should only be done via counsel.
2) Get the media involved, like you stated. Media pressure is an effective tool in politics. It is not defamation
if it is true. This would not be defamation, arguably:
Truth is a defense to a defamation action. (Emery v. Kimball Hill, Inc. (1983), 112 Ill. App.3d 109, 112, 445 N.E.2d 59; Altman v. Amoco Oil Co. (1980), 85 Ill. App.3d 104, 107, 406 N.E.2d 142.)
To establish such a defense defendant need only demonstrate the truth of the "gist" or "sting" of the defamatory material. (Kilbane v. Sabonjian (1976), 38 Ill. App.3d 172, 175, 347 N.E.2d 757; Sivulich v. Howard Publications, Inc. (1984), 126 Ill. App.3d 129, 131, 466 N.E.2d 1218.)
Thus, only "substantial truth" is required for this defense (Farnsworth v. Tribune Co. (1969), 43 Ill.2d 286, 293-94, 253 N.E.2d 408)
An attorney is recommended for either or both actions. May I recommend the Illinois Bar referral program - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.
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