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August 10, 2022

Village of Lisle Paid $23K In FOIA Lawsuit Settlement –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On March 10, 2022

Lisle, IL. (ECWd) –

Lisle Economic Development Partnership (‘LEDP’), according to Lisle records, refused to give public records to the Village of Lisle, which caused the village to violate the Freedom of Information Act.

From the settlement agreement:

In July and September 2021, Mr. Christopher Bielat submitted Freedom of Information Act (‘FOIA’) requests to the Village of Lisle for records relating to the Lisle Economic Development Partnership (‘LEDP’). The Village, in a full faith effort to comply with FOIA, on multiple occasions, requested copies of responsive records from the LEDP. The requests were denied. As a result, the Village was unable to fulfill the requests for records not within the Village’s possession.

Subsequent to submitting these FOIA requests, on October 8, 2021, Mr. Bielat filed a complaint in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court of DuPage County for an injunction and declaratory relief under the provisions of the State’s FOIA. The Village has later received the LEDP records and provided them to Mr. Bielat in order to fulfill his records request(s).

The proposed Agreement included the following terms:

  • Ongoing compliance related to FOIA and OMA for the Village, its subsidiary or other affiliated public bodies
  • Payment of Mr. Bielat’s attorney fees and costs in the amount of $23,000 within 7 days of the Agreement effective date
  • Acknowledgment and agreement that the Village has met its obligation to respond to FOIA requests submitted in July and September 2021
  • Village to audit LEDP financials as part of the annual audit process
  • Dismissal of the lawsuit within 7 days of the Agreement’s effective date
A Resolution Approving a Litigation Settlement Agreement between Christopher Bielat and the Village of Lisle

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6 Comments
  • Young
    Posted at 10:28h, 10 March

    What is the LEDP hiding?

    How much did LEDP spend on lawyers to fight the FOIA? Is the LEDP 100% funded by the Village of Lisle?

    Why did (7) LEDP appointed board members all quit 2 weeks after the court issued a restraining order?

    Why did the fulltime LEDP Executive Director get terminated? Who terminated her employment contract ?

    Where are all the LEDP records that were FOIA’d?

  • Mike
    Posted at 10:41h, 10 March

    Why didn’t the Village Board file suit against its own subsidiary public body to get the records?
    The Village Manager is the Secretary of LEDP.
    The LEDP office is in Village Hall.

  • Jenni
    Posted at 11:26h, 10 March

    “The Village, in a full faith effort to comply with FOIA, on multiple occasions, requested copies of responsive records from the LEDP. The requests were denied.”

    Denied? Denied? Why would the LEDP deny oroviding recirds to the vilkage they serve? To the village that fulls funds them?

    Crazy stupid. Crazy stupid.

  • Golden Country
    Posted at 12:29h, 10 March

    Any idea what information was requested in the FOIA request??

  • Epi Center
    Posted at 14:27h, 10 March

    Why would politicians & thier friends spend so much taxpayer money to hide the records of expenditures of public funds?

  • Repugnant
    Posted at 15:26h, 17 March

    Repugnant use of public funds.
    Those involved in the racketeering scheme to withhold public records should be charged.

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