Friday afternoon McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks made a move to cut the timely release of information that will lead to stories I suspect a number of McHenry County Blog readers would find of interest.
Let me first show the two Freedom of Information requests I filed after last Tuesday’s Board meeting:
- Both Jack Franks and Communications Specialist Oliver Serafini were seen texting or otherwise communicating during the January 17, 2017, County Board meeting. Under the FOIA I request copies of those electronic communications.
- Under the FOIA I request all documents about the new parliamentarian.
Here’s the reply form Scott Hartman, Administrator Peter Austin’s top assistant:
Mr. Skinner –
McHenry County is in receipt of the FOIA request below. Pursuant to 5 ILCS 140/3.2 of the Freedom Of Information Act ( ‘the Act’), this email shall serve as notice that the County of McHenry has determined you to be a recurrent requester as defined in the Act and is treating the request received below as a request under subsection (g) of Section 2. A “recurrent requester” is defined in Section 2(g) of the Act as a person that, in the 12 months immediately preceding the request, has submitted to the same public body (i) a minimum of 50 requests for records, (ii) a minimum of 15 requests for records within a 30-day period, or (iii) a minimum of 7 requests for records within a 7-day period.
From February 9, 2016 to January 20, 2017, you made more than 50 requests for records. Therefore, in accordance with Section 2(g) of the Act, you are now considered a recurrent requester and this request is being treated as a request from a recurrent requester. We will send an initial response in 21 business days after receipt in accordance with Section 3.2(a) of the Act. The response shall (i) provide to the requester an estimate of the time required by the County to provide the records requested and an estimate of the fees to be charged, which the County may require you to pay in full before copying the requested documents, (ii) deny the request pursuant to one or more of the exemptions set out in the Act, (iii) notify you that the request is unduly burdensome and extend an opportunity to you to attempt to reduce the request to manageable proportions, or (iv) provide the records requested.
Thank you –
McHenry County Deputy County Administrator
2200 N. Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, IL 60098
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Of course, anyone can file Freedom of Information Requests. Scott Hartman’s email address is SEHartman@co.mchenry.il.us
A commenter came up with another bit of information that someone might want to request:
“I have a close relative who works for the county (don’t want to say who to protect my family from Emperor Jacko and his government Madigoons) who told me Franks made Peter Austin give him ‘entertainment’ and ‘clothing’ budgets.”
Someone might want to ask for all documents pertaining to any entertainment or clothing allowances or expenditures for Jack Franks.
Other possibilities are
- emails and any other electronic communications from and to Jack Franks from January 3, 2017, at midnight through January 10, 2017, at midnight.
- emails and any other electronic communications from and to Jack Franks from January 10, 2017, at midnight through January 17, 2017, at midnight
- emails and any other electronic communications from and to Jack Franks from January 17, 2017, at midnight through January 22, 2017, at midnight