ARCOLA, IL. (ECWd) –
UPDATE: 5-23-2014 Summons was served.
Arcola Township, under the leadership of William Coombe and others, is facing a THIRD Freedom Of Information Act civil suit in Douglas County. Suit number 2014-MR-17 (HERE).
In this suit, I allege the township denied a FOIA request sent to them on April 25, 2014. They have never answered the request for records, and subsequently that non-answer constitutes a denial of a FOIA request in accordance with the Illinois Freedom Of Information Act.
Two previous FOIA suits (2013-MR-53 and 2014-MR-16) are still ongoing at this time.
This is simply another chapter in the effort to get Arcola Township to provide public records when requested to do so. It is the law, and they have been violating this law for well over a year as of the writing of this article. This township has certainly been the most secretive, obstructing public body I have ever come across – but I do not give up and they will be forced to comply with the law. I find it hard to believe the taxpayers in this township are condoning this, and I urge each and every one of you to contact your township trustees, clerk, and supervisor and tell them how you feel about the way your tax money is being spent.
A copy of the suit can be viewed below.
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