ARCOLA, IL. (ECWd) -
Will they ever learn? That is the million dollar question.
On April 12, 2014, I submitted a Freedom Of Information Act request to the Township of Arcola requesting the following public records (pdf here):
- Copy of all bid notices, requests for bids, requests for quotes, newspaper notices, and everything else that shows the Township insurance was put out for bid thru the competitive bidding process.
- Copy of all bid, quotes, etc, received from competitive bidding for insurance.
- Copy of meeting minutes where the bids were publicly opened.
- Copy of all payments for insurance for the fiscal year 2013-2014.
- Copy of any statute, law, regulation, ordinance, etc that authorizes the township use public funds for a “scholarship”.
Since the request was sent on a Saturday, they would have officially received it on Monday, April 14, 2014.
The Freedom Of Information Act gives a public body five days to respond to a FOIA request.
The five days start counting the day after it is received.
Today is three days past the five day requirement of FOIA, and I have received nothing in response to the request.
Consequently, I have filed a FOIA Request For Review with the Illinois Attorney General's office and expect to hear back from them within two or three years, if past experience is an indicator.
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On a side note: The FOIA Civil Suit in Douglas County Courthouse, 13-MR-53, is scheduled for May 6, 2014 to hear and hopefully decide on a FOIA denial from early last year.