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AG publishes Binding Opinion 17-009 against Carlinville for FOIA violations –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On July 11, 2017


Carla Brockmeier

Today, the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Bureau issued a Binding Opinion # 17-009 (2017 PAC 47126) stating that the City of Carlinville [under the direction of Mayor Deanna Demuzio] and its Freedom of Information Act Officer, Carla Brockmeier, violated the FOIA by not responding to my March 18, 2017 request for public records (previous articles on this request for records HERE).

This is the first of what we believe will be a long string of defeats facing the City of Carlinville, its FOIA Officer Carla Brockmeier, and its Attorney, Daniel Schuering for a long list of FOIA violations. Unfortunately, the residents and taxpayers of Carlinville are paying out of their pockets for the City’s flagrant, willful, and intentional refusal to comply with the law.

This request for public records was one of the FOIAs the City Council voted and ordered Schuering to provide, which he never provided.

Records requested in this FOIA were cell and smart phone statements, credit/debit/etc card statements, and FOIA and OMA training certificates, among other things.

The AG determined Carlinville violated Section 3(d) of the FOIA by failing to respond to the request for public records as required by the Act. The AG has also directed the city to comply with this Binding Opinion and properly respond to the request.




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  • James J Pancrazio
    Posted at 15:48h, 11 July Reply

    John, what does OMA stand for?

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 15:56h, 11 July Reply

      OMA = Open Meetings Act (Illinois)

  • Christine Trzos
    Posted at 17:23h, 11 July Reply

    There is a God!
    It is time for Carlinville to follow the same rules they expect of others!
    Cannot believe the AG’s office is finally responding… Hopefully, these administrators will get the attention the sorely deserve by the judicial system one day.
    Thank you Edgar Watchdogs for all your ‘thankless’ work for the lemmings of Illinois.

  • Danni Smith
    Posted at 23:25h, 11 July Reply

    It is time to withhold the RE taxes for the amount of salary for these employees. When one works in the private sector, withholding the payment of salary is called firing. Of course we know misappropriation of taxpayer funds is the reason for withholding the information requested under FOIA. Prison for thieves.

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