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Carlinville still denying requests for public records –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On April 14, 2017


Once again, the City of Carlinville has denied a Freedom of Information Act request for public records.

Their attorney is sure to enjoy the extra income generated by their refusal to obey the law – and make Carlinville taxpayers pay for it.

In an earlier article, we suggested that maybe the city treasurer had sent a comment to our website while on city time – and local resident Dave Ambrose took exception to our suggestion saying we should have obtained definitive proof before publishing. In an attempt at obtaining further proof, I requested information from the city that might reveal if she did, in fact, reply in her official capacity, during off hours, and using her own internet service provider.

Guess what? The city denied the request through their failure to respond.

I have sent yet another complaint to the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (“PAC”) which the city will be required to answer, but will most likely refuse to answer (based on their recent past actions) creating another violation of law.

To the taxpayers of Carlinville: Please thank your Mayor Demuzio, City Clerk, and City Council for squandering your hard earned tax money on attorneys to defend the indefensible. Please also inform the city attorney how much you appreciate his invoicing for this.
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  • Madison Black
    Posted at 09:37h, 17 April

    What’s the Mayor hiding? Wonder if taxpayers in Carlinville realize how much they are paying lawyers to fight FOIA request? Thought all government was suppose to be transparent.

  • Linda dufner
    Posted at 11:30h, 17 April

    Why not give them the information ? What are you hiding?