The Friday before last (August 1st) after the close of business I filed a Freedom of Information request with the Village of Oakwood Hills for documents that showed that there had been threats against village officials.
It should have been emailed me Monday.
That would have been within the five business days allowed by State law.
FOI Officer Melissa Goldman has replied to my FOI requests on a timely basis since I started filing them a year ago.
Nothing arrived Monday, so on Tuesday I filed a complaint about the violation of State law with the Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. (These typically take months to be processed. I remember losing only a couple.)
Yesterday, a reader sent me a copy of a reply to a similar FOI request from the Northwest Herald that was on the paper’s web site. (It’s on the front page today, I am told.)
The request was dated August 12th. Let’s see. That’s eleven days after mine.
The reply to the NWH from Assistant FOI Officer Cheryl LoSasso was also dated August 12th.
I figure it was emailed, but maybe reporter Jeff Engelhardt drove out and picked it up after being informed it was ready.
No such courtesy was extended in this direction.
While my reply was dated August 12th, it was mailed and arrived today.
You can read it below: