PARIS, IL. (ECWd) -
The Illinois Attorney General's Office has finally determined that the Edgar County ETSB (911), and Nannette Crippes, had violated the Illinois Freedom Of Information Act by improperly denying a FOIA request I sent on February 12, 2012 - yes...over 20 months ago, but hey, at least they are finally finishing these up...
My FOIA request consisted of video and audio of a traffic stop that Dee Burgin made in Vermillion (in Edgar County), Illinois during December of 2011. I wanted to verify a tip we received about that traffic stop - which turned out to be not exactly what was reported to us. After receiving the video, I believe Mr. Burgin did nothing wrong during that particular stop.
Anyway, instead of providing the requested public records, Nannette Crippes gave the records to the Sheriff Department - who had earlier denied the request sent to them and told me the ETSB had the video and that I needed to request it from them [ETSB]. I ultimately received the records from the Sheriff Department.
To make a long story short, Nannette Crippes answered the AG's letter (below) and I had a chance to reply to her letter (below). This was completed in April of 2012. The AG then sat on it for an additional 18 months before making a determination - which happened to be in my favor. You can read the documents below:
Crippes and Kraft Reponses to the AG investigation