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August 10, 2022

Algonquin Township Settles $162,500.00 FOIA Lawsuit with Watchdogs –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On February 16, 2022

Algonquin Township, IL. (ECWd) –

Last week, the Algonquin Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to settle the multiple Freedom of Information Act lawsuits brought by us (ECWd) several years ago.

According to the settlement, a check for $81,250.00 was sent to our attorney, Denise Ambroziak, with the second $81,250.00 check to be delivered to her no later than April 1, 2022.

The township also has 30 days to either produce the remaining listed records or provide a certification statement that all records have been produced or are unavailable (no longer exist).

The prior board could have settled this case for $45,000.00 but refused at the time.  James Kelly was the attorney for the township during that time and the one who filed numerous unfounded arguments that appeared to be nothing more than a mechanism to bill the township in cases they could not win.

 

 

Executed settlement agreement_Redacted

 

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9 Comments
  • Dave
    Posted at 22:02h, 16 February

    They must have something to hide

  • John Weaver
    Posted at 09:03h, 17 February

    My hope is that part of that money will help fund the “Watchdogs” and not just the attorney.

  • Darrel W Bruck Jr
    Posted at 09:53h, 17 February

    Good for Edgar County Watchdogs!

  • Roger
    Posted at 12:07h, 17 February

    Is it possible the township attorney was relying on a Magic 8 Ball for advice? Mine keeps giving me “Reply Hazy, Try Again”.

  • Cathyann DeLarche
    Posted at 12:13h, 17 February

    What information were the FOIAs requesting?

  • Paul Kersey
    Posted at 13:32h, 17 February

    great thanks. this serves as a big warning to other public entities.

  • Robert O Bogue
    Posted at 22:34h, 17 February

    Congratulations!!! You followed the law and they loose. The way it should be.

  • cme
    Posted at 08:37h, 18 February

    So you gave up your right to make any other FOIA requests to this township in regard to anything that occurred prior to June 2021?

    • John Kraft
      Posted at 18:37h, 18 February

      We will have everything we needeed from this township prior to June 2021.

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