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Newspaper alleged to have joined Carlinville in FOIA battle


CARLINVILLE (Heartland Newsfeed) — The ongoing war between Edgar County Watchdogs, John Kraft and the City of Carlinville has dragged on for the past five years, and according to a recent report on the watchdog website, the flames are being fanned even further by getting local media involved.

The recent report written by Kraft states that the Macoupin County Enquirer-Democrat is being utilized as the mouthpiece for Carlinville mayor Deanna Demuzio (D) and cites an article that describes him as “targeting Carlinville” through his pursuit of information he believes is public record in a mission to keep the city held accountable.

“If asking for public records and demanding they be provided equates to ‘targeting’ the City of Carlinville, then I am guilty,” he wrote.

The five-year dispute comes from what Kraft says is Carlinville’s unwillingness to release information.

“Nowhere else have we had this amount of trouble obtaining what they are required to provide,” Kraft said. “The blame lies squarely on the back of the City Clerk and FOIA Officer, Mrs. Carla Brockmeier. It is her duty to comply with the law, regardless of what the Mayor or the city attorney instructs her to do.”

The city has said it has turned over all documents it was required to by law and met all of its obligations under FOIA.

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- Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. He is general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks and an active contributor to four newspapers for Pana News Group. He also serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party and Capital Area Libertarian Party, deputy candidate recruitment director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman/co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus.

Newspaper alleged to have joined Carlinville in FOIA battle