SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) -
The decisions in Kraft v. Arcola Township, in which four cases were appealed out of Douglas County Circuit Court, were decided on March 17, 2016.
The short answer is that the circuit court decisions were upheld and it was not a precedent-setting case.
You can read the decision below.
To me, this had absolutely nothing to do with whether or not I submitted a request for public records or whether or not Arcola Township actually provided the records pursuant to the FOIA request. I know I submitted the request and I know they did not provide the requested records.
The loss, in the end, was all about the procedural process in the court system, and not so much about whether FOIA was violated or complied with.
It does not mean Arcola Township was right in their actions, it means they spent a lot of money keeping public records from the public, and succeeded for now.
I will continue seeking those records improperly denied.