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City keeps records under wraps

KANKAKEE — The city apparently is keeping secret its correspondence with the state related to its use of a state criminal database.

On Tuesday, the city said it was denying the Daily Journal’s Aug. 20 request for the correspondence, citing a state regulation that says information from the database cannot be given to any organization that is unauthorized to have it.

Last month, interim Police Chief Price Dumas resigned, three weeks after the Daily Journal reported he used the database, known as LEADS, to investigate two critics of the mayor. The state police has since launched an investigation into Dumas’ use of the database, which cannot be used for personal purposes.

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