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Lisle-Woodridge Fire District hiding public records –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On April 12, 2016

Lisle, IL., (ECWd) –

The Lisle-Woodridge Fire District thinks that they do not have to provide public records to the public when asked.

A couple of weeks ago I filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of a severance agreement that the fire district had approved at an open public meeting held on March 22, 2016.

My request for records was denied citing the “preliminary draft” exception in FOIA.

How can a severance agreement, which already had FINAL ACTION taken and was approved, be considered a “preliminary draft” of anything?

Mr. James Weaver, Freedom of Information Act Compliance Officer, Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, Office (630)353-3057 , [email protected] thinks that since the severance agreement had not been “executed” means that they are preliminary drafts – even though the board took final action and approved them. I would say he failed miserably in FOIA Compliance Officer duties.

This is unacceptable, violates the law, and will be pursued. LWFD should replace him with someone who can follow the law.
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