This is getting humorous.
As you know, I have been trying to obtain information about Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan’s bills to the county.
The County Board apparently is approving tens of thousands of dollars for his work and, I assume for his forensic computer consultants, without seeing anything but a resolution from the Finance and Audit Committee.
I have asked for the billings and had that Freedom of Information request denied.
There’s an ongoing investigation, don’t you know?
I have asked for any documents that would show the hourly billing rate for Tonigan and his consultants.
I have just asked McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer for something that would at least tell us what judge is ordering payment.
Here’s yesterday’s response from Palmer:
Dear Mr. Skinner,
Per your Freedom of Information Request received by my office on Monday, September 27, 2010 which requested “some part of the court order which will identify which judge has authorized, that is, ordered the payment of Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan’s bills”, I am denying the information request based upon the following:
Reason for denial: All documents requested are subject to the ongoing investigation exemption and the case seal.
Statutory Reference for Exemption Claimed: Freedom of Information Act 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(c)(viii)
A taxpayer might find his or her temperature rising at the ridiculousness of this extent of secrecy.
I think I’ll just chuckle and wonder what County Board members will do when the next resolution comes out of the committee called Finance and Audit.
Just what does that mean?