That’s the question that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks asked at 3:05 of yesterday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. (Listen to it here.)
If Franks really believe in transparency, he would have provided what Kelly Liebman requested in a Freedom Information Act request without the County’s having been sued.
Read this post about Liebman’s suit:
McHenry County Hit with Freedom of Information Violation Suit for Denial of Information about Electronic Building Entrance and Exit Data for Jack Franks’ Patronage Employees
Franks, a man with a law license, drafted this denial himself:
McHenry County is in receipt of your FOIA request in which you are seeking copies of records of electronic entrance cards for Kevin Craver and Bridget Geenen from January 2019 to present. The documents you requested are exempt from disclosure pursuant to 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(d)(vi), which exempts documents that:
(vi) endanger the life or physical safety of law enforcement personnel or any other person.
Your request is therefore denied. You have a right, under 5 ILCS 140/9.5(a), to have the denial of your request reviewed by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. You can file your Request for Review with the PAC by writing to:
Public Access Counselor. Office of the Attorney General
500 South 2nd Street, Springfield, Illinois 62706
You also have the right, under 5 ILCS 140/11, to seek judicial review of your denial by filing a lawsuit in circuit court. If you choose to file a Request for Review with the PAC, you must do so within 60 calendar days of the date of this denial. Please note that you must include a copy of your original FOIA request and this denial when filing a Request for Review with the PAC.
Jack D. Franks
Chairman, McHenry County Board
Why might someone think the information requested might be incriminating?
Take a look at the photos of Franks’ employee Kevin Craver changing Franks’ campaign billboard on Route 14 near the railroad overpass:
Above is Kevin Craver changing Jack Franks campaign sign’s message on November 7, 2017 at about twenty minutes after two.
You can read the whole story by clicking on the title below:
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The Northwest Herald has reported nothing on the Liebman Freedom of Information suit nor on their former reporter’s doing political work for Franks in the middle of the afternoon.