The reply from the McHenry County Department of Transporation to my request for documents relating to the Eisenmann property in Crystal Lake resulted in a denial.
I was searching for confirmation that the non-office building portion of the Virginia Street Road property was being considered for the salt storage facility some county board members think is needed in southeastern McHenry County.
This part of McDOT’s answer pretty much verifies my story:
“The public records requested meet an exemption set forth in the Freedom of Information Act. The disclosure of records relating to any real estate parcel or parcels the Division of Transportation has researched may affect purchase negotiations.”
On Tuesday, District 1 Democrat Nick Chirikos added to my confidence that the story’s contents were correct.
He told me before the County Board meeting that I had disrespected the entire County Board by revealing the location of the building that the County is considering spending about $5 million.
Later in the meeting, after I had left for a luncheon appointment, he must have repeated some of what he told me during the meeting for the public record.
Chirikos has pretty much a perfect record for favoring secrecy over transparency.
On Tuesday, he and fellow Democrat Paula Yensen joined Republicans in Tina Hill’s coalition voting to keep the audit of a Senior Services bus grant to Nunda Township secret. (More about the issue here.)
Earlier, he joined a one-vote majority refusing to post expenses of County Board members. (Fellow Democrat Yensen again joined him on the side of secrecy.)
Chirikos is up for re-election this fall, running against incumbent Robert Nowak and challenger Andrew Gasser.