Group asks how much Carlinville has spent to allegedly hold back public information
A government oversight group suggests that Carlinville might have spent upwards of $10,000 in attorney fees to delay its delivery of information through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
And it looks like the city is ready to spend more taxpayer money, the Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW) said on their Illinois Leaks website,
In the most recent circumstance, the city and its clerk and FOIA officer, Cara Brockmeier, have received letters from the state attorney general's public access counselor (PAC) urging compliance with an FOIA from a South Jacksonville resident.
According to the ECW, Mike Woodyard submitted the request on April 17 and did not receive a response within the required time frame of five days.
Woodyard’s request covered information on loans provided by the city through the revolving loan fund, as well as tax increment finance district activities on loans and grants. Woodyard also asked for elected city officials' water and sewer bills for the past year.
The PAC has asked either that the city respond to the request or show that it already has responded by May 12.
The ECW speculated that the city has possibly spent more than $10,000 on legal fees regarding FOIA requests from the group as well as other citizens. The ECW has submitted an FOIA request on the city’s payments to its attorney.
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