CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) -
Just when I thought nothing could top last nights meeting which was one of the most unprofessional meetings I had ever attended, and all at the hands of Mayor Deanna Demuzio, and both the city attorney and the attorney for the electoral board/TIF District (who blamed distrust of city gov't on other trustees instead of the Mayor and attorneys where it belongs) - more on this meeting in a later article to more fully explain the lies spewed out by the attorneys.
The city decided to try and hide their credit cards from the prying eyes of the public - to keep you from knowing what they have been spending your money on.
What did they purchase that they do not want you to find out about?
I submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for copies of 6 month's worth of credit card and cell phone bills, proof of Open Meetings and FOIA training of those requiring it, and City Council Meeting Minutes. I was once again unlawfully determined to be a "commercial requester" even though the state law provides for the very exemption I claimed in the FOIA request.
It is my firm opinion that something bad has been happening with the financials of the City of Carlinville and Mayor Demuzio, along with the Clerk and attorney, are doing whatever they can to keep from releasing any information until after the election.
You and I have a right to know how your tax money is spent, and you would think a former State Senator would also know - but maybe that's why she lost her bid at that election.
This is a violation of the Freedom Of Information Act and cannot be tolerated. As a result, more of your tax money will be spent on attorneys to defend this indefensible decision of theirs. It is their choice to keep these credit card bills secret in violation of law, and they will use your money to help them delay producing these records.
I will get the records, and you will pay the attorney bills placed on you by these "public" officials who are doing everything they can to protect their jobs instead of doing the rights thing.
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