On September 23, I filed an appeal to McHenry County’s denial of my Freedom of Information request for “copes of the bills that were submitted by Special Prosecutor Tonigan,” plus for “any for consultants, investigators, or anything else submitted.”
“No, no, Cal, you can’t see those” is my summary of the reply denying my request.
And, from what I have been told by County Board members, they have not been allowed to see the bill submitted by Henry Tonigan either.
Having served as McHenry County Treasurer, in the United States Budget Bureau, on the Illinois Legislative Audit Commission and various appropriations committees, I’m trying to figure out how county decision-makers can in good faith pay bills on a “trust me” basis.
October 4th the letter you see was sent from the Public Access Counselor’s office of the Attorney General.
Signed by Assistant Attorney General Sunil Bhave on behalf of Public Access Counselor Cara Smith, the letter is a variation of
“Show me the money.”
“We have concluded that further inquiry (emphasis in the original) is warranted.
“FOIA does not include a Section 7(1)(c)(viii). While a prior version of FOIA included a Section (1)(c)(viii), FIA was amended on January 1, 200.
“Thus, McHenry County is directed
- to provide us with a detailed explanation as to why it contends that the requested information falls within the purview of the purported exemption.
- Finally, McHenry County is directed to provide us with a copy of the information responsive to Mr. Skinner’s FOIA request for us to review in determining whether any exemption claims have been property asserted.”
As the Laugh-In Nazi would say,