ORLAND PARK, IL. (ECWd) -
In yet another asinine move, the Orland Park Public Library (OPPL) decided to violate the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) again by claiming two separate individuals were the same person, a FOIA requester.
Illinois FOIA law doesn't not give a public body the authority to determine, all by itself, that two FOIA requesters are the same person simply because the requests come from the same address, or email address in this situation.
The Illinois Attorney General has already published a "Binding Opinion" in 2012 on this very subject (CLICK HERE TO VIEW OPINION). In their opinion, the Village of Smithville had decided to classify a husband and wife as one person for the purposes of denying access to public records because the requests came from the same physical address, not unlike what the OPPL is doing in this situation. The Township of Arcola is trying something similar with a couple of my requests by saying two separate requests are one single request (13MR53, Kraft v. Arcola Township).
Did the OPPL receive guidance from their attorney, Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins, that led to yet another violation of the law and further eroding of public trust?
Does the OPPL think they will win a prize for keeping the most secrets?