As soon as I learned about the two Jack Franks patronage hires, I filed a Freedom of Information request asking for their photographs.
Both had to have pictures taken for government identification purposes.
I received the following reply, along with the standard paragraph that I could appeal to the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Division.
McHenry County is in receipt of your Freedom of Information Act request submitted on January 10, 2017 in which you requested:
- Photos of Bridget Greenen, Executive Assistant to Jack Franks, plus photos of Oliver Serifini, Communications Specialist.
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.
The denial was so ridiculous that had I appeal.
On February 27th, I received the following email from McHenry County’s Public Information Officer:
Following McHenry County’s response to your FOIA Request below, we were notified by the Public Access Bureau that further action was warranted. The letter was received by McHenry County on February 16, 2017.
Please see the attached documents in response to your request for “photos of Bridget Greenen, Executive Assistant to Jack Franks, plus photos of Oliver Serifini, Communications Specialist.” The original request is at the bottom.
Please be advised that personal information has been redacted pursuant to the exemptions provided in Sections 7(1)(b)(private information) and (u)(digital signature) of the Freedom of Information Act.
Please confirm this email has been received and is responsive to your request.
Attached were black and white copies of patronage employees’ county identification cards, which I had not requested.
All I asked for was their photographs.
You can see what was provided below.
Personal information has presumably been removed from what I was provided.
Next time someone looks at a county ID card, share with readers what has been crossed out.