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IL. Atty Gen determines public bodies must release their bank account numbers –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On May 14, 2015

North Henderson, IL. (ECWd) –

In yet another defeat over the North Henderson Trustees, local citizens have prevailed in a Freedom of Information Act Request for Review in which they asked the Village for all bank statements – and the village redacted all of the account numbers prior to producing the statements.

This issue stems from the inability to adequately track deposits and expenditures of the village without the account numbers.

Last month, the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor’s Office determined that the Village of North Henderson violated the Freedom of Information Act by improperly redacting those account numbers. The AG’s office cited the FOIA where it states that “personal” account numbers can be redacted – and since account numbers of public bodies are not “personal” account numbers, they must be released.

The AG instructed the Village of North Henderson to provide the unredacted bank statements to the requester.



Our previous articles on North Henderson, IL. are “here“.



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  • ECWDogs
    Posted at 07:35h, 14 May Reply

    IL. Atty Gen determines public body’s must release its bank account numbers –

  • ilnewswatch
    Posted at 08:21h, 14 May Reply

    IL. Atty Gen determines public bodies must release their bank account numbers –

  • Joyce Tucker
    Posted at 21:32h, 14 May Reply

    Just another violation of the law in a long list. The FOIA officer will get all kinds of sympathy because she has ‘more’ work to do. Just imagine seeing a fella preparing a corn field with a hoe. Oh, my. Poor fella! Must be hard work. They forget that he has a brand new tractor and plow in the machine shed. Same situation here. Public records could be provided correctly, expeditiously and without all the ‘hard’ work the poor FOIA officer has to do. These trustees can’t look past the guy in the field plowing with a hoe. Thanks for posting, John.

  • Chris M. Gaines
    Posted at 04:53h, 15 May Reply

    Does free speech tend to move toward the truth or away from it? When does it evolve into a better collective understanding? When does it collapse into the Babel of trolling, the pointless and eristic game of talking the other guy into crying “uncle”? Is the effort to control what’s said always a form of censorship, or might certain rules be compatible with our notions of free speech?

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