The attorney for Chicago real estate developer Peter Holsten has subpoenaed Google for information about two anonymously authored blogs that have been critical of neighborhood politics and the Wilson Yard TIF project. The Chicago Journal has the story:
Johnson said the subpoena asks for ownership information of the blogs. Uptown Update is an active blog that has gained popularity as a clearinghouse for information about the neighborhood. What the Helen was active during the 2007 aldermanic election and has not been updated in over a year.
Both blogs have been highly critical of 46th Ward Ald. Helen Shiller. Shiller’s supporters and detractors often debate the alderman’s policies and neighborhood issues in both blogs’ comments sections.
[Link added. God forbid a newpaper would link to anything. The What the Helen blog has been removed.]
Holsten’s attorney, Tom Johnson, has confirmed he filed the subpoenas, but he hasn’t explained why. Holsten is being sued by the community organization Fix Wilson Yard, which opposes his development plans.