The first time I asked, I had no problem getting applications from those applying for the vacant McHenry County Superintendent of Schools post.
This is the elected official, you will recall, whose shoes have been filled by the Lake County Regional Superintendent of Education.
The clerical folks are still pushing the teachers’ and other paperwork, but, when signatures are needed, the Lake County official has kindly agreed to affix hers.
After the last nominee withdrew, three school board members, past and present, wrote comments that the post was unneeded.
“TOP SECRET, HUSH, HUSH!”
I’m guessing it’s because a daughter of a former elected county official is interested in the job.
Undoubtedly qualified, considering the statutory requirements.
But, come on.
Even the Circuit Court releases the names of applicants for Associate Judge vacancies. Surely that’s are more important than a Regional Superintendent of Schools vacancy.
Here’s the reason for hiding the name or names. It involves
“an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy due to the disclosure of information that may be highly personal or objectionable to a reasonable person in which the person’s privacy outweighs any legitimate public interest in obtaining the information.”
What’s that all about?
Think “a reasonable person” might decide to vote against such a person if the information surfaced before the fall election in which the appointee will be on the ballot?
In any event, here is the Freedom of Information denial letter. Read it for yourself.