SAWYERVILLE, IL. (ECWd) -
We received a tip about the Village of Sawyerville, a small rural community just South West of Litchfield, IL. I requested public records in an attempt at verifying the claim(s) provided from our tip line, sent March 28th, 2017.
A follow-up email was sent on June 12, 2017.
On July 10, 2017, I received a letter in the mail telling me they will not send anything electronically and if I wanted any information I had to attend a meeting and ask for it.
I responded asking them to provide the records, a village official called me and told me that not only were they not going to email anything, they were not going to copy or put anything in the mail for me either, and that I had to make an appointment and drive to Sawyerville to look at the record in person.
He claimed the village attorney told him to tell me that.
I responded and asked him to inform the village attorney that he was wrong and that I would see him in court.
Kind of makes me wonder if they sought out advice from Carlinville Mayor Demuzio, Carlinville FOIA Officer Carla Brockmeier, and their election board attorney Daniel Schuering - it reminds me of their FOIA "answers"...
Sawyerville residents and taxpayers need to remind their elected officials that it costs far less to comply with FOIA than it does to fight it in court and lose - which is what will happen. Let your village board know how you feel about their decision to stuff the pockets of their attorney with your tax money, for his bad decision.