The first judicial shot in the conflict between Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers and newly-elected Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser was fired June 23rd.
The court filing does not mention Gasser by name in its title; it is filed against his Road District.
The union says it filed the following Freedom of Information request:
“All emails to and from Andrew Gasser from April 15, 2017 to present, including personal emails used for Algonquin Township business.”
[The request is somewhat mystifying, because Gasser did not take office until the middle of May.]
The FOIA request was denied on Jun 19th on the grounds that it was “an unduly burdensome request.”
The union disputes the applicability of that exemption from the Freedom of Information Act and complained that Gasser did not give it the opportunity to restrict its request.
Local 150 also complained that it was not told in writing its appeal rights, characterizing the omissions as “blatant and numerous.”
The union asks for an injunction declaring the Road District violated the FOIA, ordering it to reply to the information request and not to do so again, awarding costs and fees, plus fining it at least $2,500 for each violation.
The case has been assigned to Judge Michael Chmiel.