I asked for “copies of all work product for the McHenry County Department of Transportation produced by Oliver Serafini during the month of March.”
That was on Good Friday.
After fourteen days, I filed an appeal that the apparent denial of the requested information with the Attorney General’s office.
As of today, there still has been no response.
Arriving today, however, was the following letter from the Public Access Division to McHenry County:
The Public Access Bureau has received a Request for Review under section 9.5(a) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [FN1] alleging that McHenry County ( County) has not responded to the FOIA request listed above.
Copies of Mr. Skinner’ s FOIA request and his Request for Review by this office are enclosed.
As required by section 9. 5( c) of FOIA,[FN2] please advise this office within seven (7) business days whether you have received and responded to this FOIA request. Ifthe County has responded to Mr. Skinner’s April 14, 2017, FOIA request, please explain the timeliness of the County’s response indicating when the request was received, what date a response was issued to Mr. Skinner, and whether there were any extensions.
If you have not yet responded to this request, please respond to the requester and provide a copy of your response to this office.
A proper response under section 3 (d) of FOIA [FN3] may resolve this matter.
To the extent that the request is denied, however, the requester may file a new Request for Review challenging that denial.
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FN1 5 ILCS 140/ 9. 5( a) ( West 2014). 25
FN2 ILCS 140/ 9. 5( c) ( West 2014). Section 3( d) of FOIA (
FN3 5 ILCS 140/ 3( d) (West 2014)) requires a public body to ” promptly, either comply with or deny a request for public records within 5 business days after its receipt of the request, unless the time for response is properly extended under subsection ( e) of this Section.”