You aren’t going to believe this.
I filed a Freedom of Information request for photos of the two new Democratic Party patronage hires.
Photos of Bridget Greenen, Executive Assistant to Jack Franks, plus photos of Oliver Serifini, Communications Specialist.(Looks as if I spelled both names incorrectly, but the County FOIA Officer was able to figure out what I was talking about.)
Here’s the reason for the denial:
Under the Freedom of Information Act 5 ILCS 140/7 (c), the following shall be exempt from inspection and copying:
(c) Personal information contained within public records, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, unless the disclosure is consented to in writing by the individual subjects of the information. “Unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” means the disclosure of information that is highly personal or objectionable to a reasonable person and in which the subject’s right to privacy outweighs any legitimate public interest in obtaining the information. The disclosure of information that bears on the public duties of public employees and officials shall not be considered an invasion of personal privacy.
In accordance with 5 ILCS 140/7(c), compliance with the request would result in an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy for the individuals subject to the request.
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Apparently, Jack Franks is proud of his re-cycled patronage employees. He introduced them from the podium at one point and read what a commenter wrote about last night:
And another thing, you’re also wasting money on 2-3 assistants tripping the costs to the county of having a Chairman!!!
Tell your boy and girl wonder to stop walking the room looking over citizens’ shoulders.
You are a very slick yet sleazy lot!
DO YOUR JOB and the taxpayers won’t need to pay 3 people plus legal counsel to do it for you!
You’re a disgrace, Franks!