NORTH HENDERSON, IL. (ECWd) –
North Henderson is a small village with less than 200 residents, yet it continuously violates the Freedom Of Information Act, FOIA, by willfully denying access to public records. In this situation, members of the public requested copies of water bills of certain people and that request was denied by the village claiming “privacy concerns”.
This is the same village that thought they didn’t have to tell me who their village attorney was (HERE).
The village operates its own water service and as such, all records of the receipt and use of funds are public records subject to public inspection and/or copying. This includes receipt of money paid on water bills and amounts owed but not paid.
As expected, the Illinois Attorney General issued a determination that supports the public’s right to public records. You can read this determination below.N-Henderson-WaterBill-AG-OpinionORIGINAL