Pecatonica, IL. (ECWd) –
During the October 15, 2019 Pecatonica Township Board of Trustees Meeting, the township attorney, John Nelson, while he was talking about us, stated that the [Edgar County Watchdogs] “have a program where they try to find things that they can sue townships for and other governmental entities to make their organization money.”
Listen to it at around the 4:23 mark in this audio file (click here).
His statement is not true.
Incidentally, we have written about Nelson in the past (here).
We don’t have any “program to try and find things that we can sue over” – what a completely ridiculous allegation.
The bottom line is this: If public bodies hold legal meetings according to the Open Meetings Act, and properly provide records requested under the Freedom Of Information Act, they have nothing to fear in the way of a lawsuit from us.
We recently published a humorous, but true, article explaining what a public body can do if they want to get sued for unfulfilled FOIA requests (here).