PARIS, IL. (ECWd) -
After numerous attempts to gain access to public records at the Edgar County Airport, with nothing but resistance and improper denials, there comes a point when enough is enough.
Pursuant to the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of government, it is declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees consistent with the terms of this Act. Such access is necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest.
Inaction or incomplete responsive documents from Mr. Wells has led to the filing of a third a FOIA lawsuit this morning against Edgar County and Jimmy Wells in his capacity as the Edgar County Airport FOIA Officer.
Citizens should not have to go to these measures to view public records but as our regular readers are aware, some in this county feel they are above the law.