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Clark Co. Park District received their 18th letter from AG wanting answers –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On August 8, 2015

Clark Co., IL. (ECWd) –
I received confirmation from the Illinois Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor that the Clark County Park District has received another letter of inquiry as to why they cannot seem to answer requests for public records or otherwise comply with state law.
This request was sent on July 21, 2015 to Charity Murphy seeking invoices from the park district attorney so that I could verify a public statement that there were “tens of thousands” of dollars spent on Freedom of Information Act requests this past year.
The AG PAC file number on this request is: 2015 PAC 36586.
Yes, the FOIA law needs changed to add criminal penalties for willfully ignoring the law.


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  • Mitch
    Posted at 22:24h, 08 August Reply

    17 ignored letters show no one cares

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 22:45h, 08 August Reply

      they are each on a separate incident

  • Dave L.
    Posted at 23:04h, 08 August Reply

    You remember when that woman state rep. showed up at College of DuPage and chastised the board? We need that to happen at a park board meeting…reach out to Dale Righter and get him out there….where will this nonsense end?????

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 08:23h, 09 August Reply

      Righter doesn’t have the backbone to do anything remotely close to that.

  • Mike Rekart
    Posted at 06:08h, 09 August Reply

    At what point will this or can this become class action lawsuit ?

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 08:24h, 09 August Reply

      it cannot

  • Warren J. Le Fever
    Posted at 13:29h, 09 August Reply

    I agree that here should be criminal penalties for non-compliance of FOIA law. Even if there were criminal penalties for ignoring the law, what would be the chances anything would happen in Clark County?

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 13:38h, 09 August Reply

      Official Misconduct applies since FOIA is a mandatory duty, but what State’s Atty would use it?
      Sec. 33‑3. Official Misconduct.) A public officer or employee or special government agent commits misconduct when, in his official capacity or capacity as a special government agent, he commits any of the following acts:
      (a) Intentionally or recklessly fails to perform any
      mandatory duty as required by law; or

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