ARCOLA TOWNSHIP – DOUGLAS CO. (ECWd) –
We reported the FOIA denial of Arcola Township in this article, published 12 days ago. After publishing that article we were contacted by a taxpayer in Arcola Township wanting to know why we were contemplating filing this suit. He was concerned taxpayer funds of the township would be used paying an attorney. I responded with the reasons and agreed to wait an additional week if he would like to ask the township trustees himself, to provide the requested public documents. He said he would ask them. We are now past that week and have not received any responses.
I filed suit in Douglas County this afternoon and it is case number 2013 MR 31. The FOIA lawsuit is simply a civil suit seeking copies of public documents and recovery of fees and costs associated with the suit, among other things.
Costs incured to date are: $171.00 filing fee and $86.00 for summons service.
See Complaint below without exhibits (exhibits are in this article):