ARCOLA, IL. (ECWd) -
On September 5, 2013, the Illinois Attorney General sent a closing letter to a Freedom Of Information Act request for review that I submitted alleging a FOIA denial by Arcola Twonship in that they did not respond to my request for public records. At the time I submitted the complaint to the AG, I had not received a response from Arcola Twp. Between the time I filed the complaint, and the twp answering the complaint, they had already sent a reponse to my intitial FOIA request.
The AG stated: "Because the township responded to your request, we conclude no further action is warranted."
I agree with the AG's assessment of the situation, and while reading the AG's response, you will find NOTHING in it that references their "ruling" in anyones favor, and that includes the towship's.
The disturbing part to me, and what should cause outrage amongst the taxpayers of Arcola Township, is that "as a matter of routine" the township appears to be routing FOIA reuests and responses thru their attorney - and paying him with your tax money. In this case, everybody thought somebody else sent the response.
View the AG letter and Mr. Petty's response (paid for with your tax dollars) below: