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July 20, 2024

State’s Attorney Ignored AG’s Inquiry; Violated FOIA –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On May 12, 2022

Madison Co., IL. (ECWd) –

The Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor has issued a determination that the Madison County State’s Attorney did not demonstrate it conducted an adequate search for public records requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • The AG asked the Board and the State’s Attorney for a response at least 4 times, and was ignored
  • In the absence of the requested explanations, this office is unable to determine that the State’s Attorney’s Office or Board performed searches that were reasonably calculated to have located records responsive to the first three portions of Ms. Dorman’s requests.
  • Accordingly, this office has no basis from which it could conclude that either public body performed adequate searches.
  • This office requests that the State’s Attorney’s Office and Board perform supplemental searches of any recordkeeping systems that would be expected to maintain records of the responsive notices, descriptions of the relevant allegations, or the evidence reviewed in connection with the board resolution
  • The AG did not exercise its statutory authority to issue a subpoena to the Board and State’s Attorney

Moral of this story, and others like it, to Illinois local governments: Ignore all Attorney General Public Access Counselor requests for information, because they will not force your hand and you can either delay document production or keep all of it secret (until you get sued by the requester).

Madison Co SA – PAC 68720 69165 Determination Let_Redacted


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  • Dave
    Posted at 08:36h, 12 May Reply

    Madison county, no more needs said

  • kathiann
    Posted at 09:36h, 12 May Reply

    So essentially, the AG’s office just begs, and nothing happens. I expect a lot more of this to happen after this. We have a total breakdown of law and order.

  • Publius
    Posted at 13:19h, 12 May Reply

    Time for a peaceful protest! lol

    Posted at 19:21h, 12 May Reply

    Tom Haine’s father William Haine was the Madison County State’s Attorney as a Democrat, but now the county is Republican the tiger’s have changed stripes. Bill Haine was a high ranking Democrat Illinois Senator. There isn’t much difference between Tom Haine and the last State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. Tom Haine ever hired the ultra liberal Democrat prosecutor from St. Louis City that twice ran against Soros backed Kim Gardener. She supported legalized prostitution and BLM. Both Haine and Gibbons still can’t properly answer FOIA. Too many bodies buried in Madco.

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