SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) -
Having been involved in several Requests for Reviews with the Public Access Counselor's office, it has become overwhelmingly clear that Lisa Madigan's office has apparently directed her PAC to file every request we submit under the bottom of the pile, never to have a determination made. Surely this is not the level of service other people experience when dealing with the Attorney General.
This is a followup article to one written on December 29, 2013 (here).
THREE years and counting, is how long it has been for one particular Request for Review of alleged unauthorized fees imposed by the Clark County Rural Water District in response to a FOIA request.
THREE years and the AG's PAC cannot seem to figure out if the fees were consistent with the Freedom of Information Act.
THREE years since money was paid for public records, when it need not be paid.
THREE years with every inquiry on its status having the reply of "it's currently waiting on signature".
THREE years waiting, while Lisa Madigan professes to make timely determinations.
It is time for the legislature to amend FOIA to allow citizens to file suit against the Attorney General's office for failure to act.