SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) -
On June 3, 2014 we reported (here) on a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request for review that has been waiting a determination for two years.
In April I received an email from the Attorney General's PAO that I now consider a complete lie:
John, we have been working to informally mediate the complaint, but at this stage given those discussions, we are also drafting a determination letter. I think it’s important to stress, however, that our office does not have the authority under the transparency laws to require the public body to issue a refund, so our work is focused on educating the public body through the informal mediation process and ultimately a determination letter.
That was 14 weeks ago, and the original FOIA request was dated June 20, 2012, and the original complaint to the AG's office dated July 21, 2012.
This has been over two years ago!
If Lisa Madigan has no more control over her office than what has become the miserable failure in citizen access to public records, there is no reason for her to be re-elected to a position that she is obviously not qualified to perform.
Is waiting more than TWO YEARS considered reasonable to anyone?
Lisa Madigan - you are a joke, and this is the shining example of why people are taking to the circuit courts for FOIA determinations - because you cannot do your job. If you resigned today nobody would notice.