BATAVIA – A class-action lawsuit against the downstate Prairie State Energy Campus was refiled toward the end of October, Batavia City Administrator Bill McGrath said.
McGrath briefly mentioned the lawsuit Monday during a scheduled update on the energy campus at the regular Batavia City Council meeting.
The lawsuit makes some claims different from the initial suit, McGrath said, not specifying what the changes were. A copy of the refiled suit was not immediately available Monday evening.
McGrath said the city’s legal counsel will be given an opportunity to review the suit for city council in a future closed session.
A federal judge this year dismissed the first class-action lawsuit, which was brought by nine utility users and ratepayers from Batavia.
The city has been working with downtown bond counsel and had a good meeting with them, McGrath said.
City attorney Kevin Drendel is coordinating ongoing conversations, he said.
Batavia city officials have come under repeated criticism in recent years for the city’s investment in the Prairie State campus. In 2005, the Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency, of which Batavia is a member, agreed to a long-term power contract to buy electricity from Prairie State.