In mid-January, McHenry County States’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally filed a Freedom of Information Act request for extensive financial and employment records with Nunda Township.
2013 to 2017, similar to what he requested of Algonquin Township.
Nunda replied that the request was “unduly burdensome,” but came up with almost 2700 pages by the end of January.
Kenneally’s office paid $412.25 for a banker’s box of records.
Nunda asked for an advance payment of $300 for the additional records.
It was paid.
Nunda wrote that about 2000 more pages were to be copied.
By July 17th, Keneally’s patience apparently ran out, because he filed suit against Nunda Township alleging various violations of the Freedom of Information Act including failure to provide the requested documents in a timely fashion, refusal to provide documents in an electronic format, failure to justify the 15 cents a page copying charger, improper charging of advance payment, plus saying that no charge should have been required because “the request was in the public interest.”
The suit charges Nunda Township with acting in “bad faith.”
It then asks for the allows $2000 to $5000 civil penalty for each violation of the Freedom of Information Act, plus a refund of the $712.25 already paid.