A comment from Illinois Leaks’ Kirk Allen on the court decision in the Operating Engineers Local 150 case:
The clock on appeal has yet to begin as there was no FINAL ORDER. In fact, there are no less than 3 First Impression elements in this case.
While there appears to be a lot of people that think this case is over, we have yet to have anyone recognize some facts that are key in this case.
The judge, as we understand it,has his background in Collections.
All the McHnery County judges recused themselves as did half of the Lake County? judges before it was assigned to this judge who has little to no experience in this realm of law.
We also have yet to hear from anyone that believes a Road District is not a public body.
The judge hung his hat on that element in his reasoning.
We all know that is wrong.
It is an important part of this case as Public Body’s have certain obligations that Miller failed to comply with.
Several continue to chime in that Miller had every right to sign the contract.
We agree, but only under the constraints spelled out in law and case law.
Miller failed on that front and I am betting the Appellate Court will see that very clearly.
There will be no appeal until there is a final order which won’t happen until the FOIA suit that 150 brought against the road district is settled.
A case that no one wants to talk about.
While chiming about the lawyer bills, why is no one talking about 150 suing over access to gasser emails that are NOT public records?