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Arcola Twp FOIA Suit Updates – 12-16-2014 –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On December 17, 2014


A temporary blow was dealt to Plaintiff Kraft in Douglas County Circuit Court yesterday with the FOIA lawsuits against Arcola Township.

In a Directed Verdict in 2013-MR-53, the Court ruled in favor of Arcola Township, claiming that Plaintiff had failed to establish evidence.

In a Directed Verdict for 2014-MR-16, 17, and 20, the Court ruled in favor of Arcola Township, claiming Kraft had failed to establish evidence that he had ever even submitted a FOIA request to the township.

Plaintiff is considering a Motion to Reconsider, or in the alternative, an Appeal of the verdict.

Much more information will be provided when a decision is made.

There are still three more unresolved FOIA suits pending: 2014-MR-33, 34, and 56.


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  • ECWDogs
    Posted at 13:49h, 17 December Reply

    Arcola Twp FOIA Suit Updates – 12-16-2014 –

  • Ed Franckowiak
    Posted at 14:12h, 17 December Reply

    Is that all they have to do is say that you never submitted a FOIA request?
    If they don’t acknowledge your FOIA, they can just ignore it like it never happened?

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 15:03h, 17 December Reply

      It’s a little more complicated then that, and it is not over yet.

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 20:05h, 17 December Reply

      Oh they acknowledged the FOIA in their answers to the complaint. That is what is going to make this so interesting!

  • joesteals
    Posted at 14:24h, 17 December Reply

    Arcola Twp FOIA Suit Updates – 12-16-2014 –

  • franklin
    Posted at 18:17h, 17 December Reply

    Wow John seems like something maybe going up in flames but now it just smoke

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 19:05h, 17 December Reply

      It may appear that way to the untrained eye, but I believe justice will prevail in the end.

  • Amazing Place
    Posted at 07:26h, 18 December Reply

    Put the fire extinguisher away franklin.Deana said after the election all the trouble she and Mark stirred up with the “State mandated cacus rules” would go away,it didn’t.And I don’t think the ECWD’s will go away either.More and more people in Arcola are questioning what the Township Board is hiding,some may not want to admit it,but this is not normal for a taxing body to fight the release of information,unless there is something to hide.Keep watching the smoke,it will lead us to the fire.

  • T Smith
    Posted at 11:47h, 18 December Reply

    He ought to be getting use to it by now…at least that county had the balls to charge him for their trouble…welcome to the real world.

  • Stand Up
    Posted at 13:58h, 18 December Reply

    Is everyone in Arcola Township ignorant of what is going on at the township, Blinded by who is running the township or just do not care how their tax dollars are spent. Ecwd wants to see information on how Arcola Township spent the taxpayers money. The board has hired an attorney to fight releasing any information on how they are spending the taxpayers money and paying for that with taxpayers money. How long will the taxpayers of Arcola Township keep buying in to the charade that this board is putting on that there is nothing to hide in the books of Arcola Township. They have a lawyer that is trained to manipulate the law for his clients best interest and to make as many court appearances as possible with an endless supply of money at taxpayers expense that they are using to pay his bill. After all this is just a simple request; “Show how you have spent taxpayers money”. If there is nothing to hide what is the issue? How can this board be so arrogant that they think this is their money to do with as they please. I hope this is not where our government is headed, if it is we will have no one to blame but ourselves for letting this board manipulate the very people that put them in this position by manipulation. It is time to put a stop to this. Stand Up

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 14:31h, 19 December Reply

      We are not finished yet. We have trust that the Law in these cases will prevail. That’s why the appeals process is there.

  • offended
    Posted at 18:31h, 19 December Reply

    Oh trust us we know who is running township, and she was not elected, nor does she have a vote, but for some reason they continue to allow the same old stuff to take place. Found out she had gas cards, took them away then gave her a raise to cover her gas expense. As if she isn’t getting paid way too much to begin with. On top of township salary she is getting $12,000 from Fire District for doing their books. We all know she is doing those at township office while getting paid from them. They need to join the real world and check other townships and fire districts and see how things SHOULD be done. Believe me voters will remember this. They may think they won the battle but they haven’t won the war!!

  • Township Taxpayers in Need of Information
    Posted at 07:46h, 20 December Reply

    Joey,that’s the headline to the article that should be in the Record Herald.I think it’s great that the Township is aidding those in need,having said that,how about being more forth coming about the use of tax dollars.7 lawsuits with more to come,and your worried about a sweater that fits.You make sure the public knows about a clothing drive,how about telling the public about the cost and time spent fighting the ECWD in next weeks paper.

  • Lake Lady
    Posted at 16:17h, 20 December Reply

    If Deana would just appoint Mr. Petty to the board the taxpayer could save alot of money.What’s it been 2 years and all the Township Board claims is “Kraft has failed to establish evidence that he ever even sumitted a FOIA request to the Township”?Mark Petty has done a masterfull job of collecting fees protecting the board from getting a FOIA?What’s next,Deana telling everybody,”I didn’t ask for credit cards,they just sent them in the mail it happens all the time,honest”.What a pathic group the voters put in charge!

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