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The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs would like to weigh in on the recent settlement of the lawsuit brought against us by Mr. Hodes, by suggesting that press coverage of lawsuits should try in good faith to match what actually occurs in the courtroom and is reflected in court papers. Contrary to Ms. Isaacs's response to Darrell Mitchell's letter [May 20] major portions of Hodes's lawsuit were dismissed because the judge held that having proxies attend Public Art Committee meetings was reasonable and lawful under the ordinance, even before we amended the ordinance to explicitly allow proxies. (Hodes's suit argued that proxies didn't constitute a legal quorum.) The characterization of our practices as "illegal" is Ms. Isaacs's opinion and/or a falsehood spun by Hodes, clearly not the judge's opinion. By definition, the court's dismissal for failure to state a claim meant that nothing illegal was alleged.

If Ms. Isaacs had been interested in fair and balanced coverage, this would have been clear to your readers from the beginning.

Kimberly Costello

Assistant commissioner

Communications

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

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