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Published On: Mon, May 15th, 2017

Attorney general’s office again questions Carlinville’s lack of FOIA response

CARLINVILLE — Another day has passed and yet another legal request for information via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has been denied by the City of Carlinville, a government oversight group stated on their website recently.

The watchdog group, Edgar County Watchdogs, filed a report that the Illinois Attorney General’s public access counselor (PAC) is reviewing yet another instance of Carlinville’s continued failure to respond to FOIA requests, even after a long string of citizen complaints.

Robert Brogue sent the PAC a request for review after the city didn’t respond to two FOIA requests he submitted to City Clerk Carla Brockmeier. The first request was to confirm that Mayor Deanna Demuzio and all City Council members have attended training sessions for not only FOIA, but also the Illinois Open Meetings Act, additionally requesting credit card and charge account statements for the city’s credit card over the past six months, in addition to all City Council and mayoral expense reports and claims for the same period.

The second request was for meeting minutes, records, agendas and public notices of the city’s electoral board meetings, as well as minutes and other records for a specific meeting that was held in a private office.

Under FOIA law, Brockmeier was legally required to respond to the requests within five days and did not do so, according to the ECW. The PAC has requested that Brockmeier respond to the request or demonstrate that she has already responded by Thursday.

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Attorney general’s office again questions Carlinville’s lack of FOIA response