More Trouble with Algonquin Township Answering Freedom of Information Requests

First posted on Illinois Leaks, this is re-printed with permission: Algonquin Township- The Clerk, the Attorney, and Bob Miller have some explaining to do. BY KIRK ALLEN ON MAY 16, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – For starters, I once again … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik Not Keeping Up with Freedom of Information Requests

The following article is from Illinois Leaks’ author Kirk Allen and is published with permission: Algonquin Township Clerk to ring in new year with ongoing FOIA violations. BY KIRK ALLEN ON DECEMBER 30, 2017 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) … Continue reading

Karen Lukasik’s Reply to FOIA Request Worth Reading

The day before Christmas I sent Algonquin Township Clerk the following Freedom of Information Request: “Under the FOIA I request documents showing annual compensation for officials who took office as a result of last spring’s elections. “Thanks for fulfilling this … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Clerk Overdue on Replies to FOIA Requests

Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik is not meeting the deadlines in the Freedom of Information Act. FOI Officers have a week (five working days) to reply to requests or to informer requesters that an additional week will be required before … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Finds No Approval for Algonquin Township Record Destruction Since 1978

From Illinois Leaks, published with permission: Algonquin Township – No approval from the State to destroy records……..EVER! BY KIRK ALLEN ON DECEMBER 16, 2017 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – According to the Illinois Local Records Commission, Algonquin Township has provided an application … Continue reading

Is Law Enforcement Looking at Algonquin Township?

That’s the question I have upon reading the response to my Freedom of Information Request for “any subpoenas that have been served on any Alg Twp Official.” Here’s the response: “Your request is denied pursuant to 5 ILCS 140/7 (1) … Continue reading

Text of the Overturning of Jack Franks’ FOIA Denial of His Inaugural Speech

Here is the latest evidence that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is not living up to his promise to be transparent.  (Sentences in paragraphs have been separated to make them easier to read.) ATTORNEY GENERAL March 23, 2017 Via … Continue reading

Opinions Cited by Jack Franks Freedom of Information Officer to Justify that McHenry County Blog Is Not Part of the News Media

Below are three of the opinions cited by Jack Franks’ Freedom of Information Officer to justify the assertion that McHenry County Blog is not part of the news media. The first is dated February 13, 2015. The second is dated … Continue reading

McHenry County Under Jack Franks Denies McHenry County Blog Part of News Media

According to a statement filed with the Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, McHenry County Blog is not a member of the media. You can read the reply to the Public Access Counselor’s request below: The letter … Continue reading

Jack Franks Moves to Limit McHenry County Blog Reporting

Friday afternoon McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks made a move to cut the timely release of information that will lead to stories I suspect a number of McHenry County Blog readers would find of interest. Let me first show … Continue reading

Chicago Police Department Reticent to Provide Misbehaving Officer’s Photo

When the neighbor across the way from the castle in Fox River Grove got irritated by people parking on the street, she turned to a neighbor from Boone County’s Candlewick Lake subdivision for help. The neighbor jotted down the license … Continue reading

FOI Reply To Threat Documents Finally Arrives, No Threats Documented

The Friday before last (August 1st) after the close of business I filed a Freedom of Information request with the Village of Oakwood Hills for documents that showed that there had been threats against village officials. It should have been … Continue reading

The First Electric Newspaper’s Case for Making Sheriff’s Department’s Report on Andy Zinke’s Rita Corp. Actions Public

Here’s something to chew on for the weekend. It’s attorney Mary Gardner’s memo on behalf of The First Electric Newspaper‘s attempt to enforce a Freedom of Information request filed for the investigative report by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department’s exonerating … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Department Freedom of Information Games

It was the discovery of more marijuana growing in the Hebron area in a press release issued by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department that reminded me of the August 2008 and August 2009 discoveries of three pot fields, some of … Continue reading

One Reason the Teachers Retirement System Is in Trouble

I filed a Freedom of Information request with Illinois’ Downstate Teachers Retirement Fund. I came up dry and got a reply through an email. But, TRS also sent me a letter by Certified Mail I talked to them about it, … Continue reading

Spring Grove Refuses to Turn Over Andy Zinke’s Emailed Campaign Pitch

On night last week, I shot off 20-30 Freedom of Information requests for emails from announced McHenry County Sheriff candidate Andy Zinke. I’ve gotten a lot of replies. Today I received my first rejection. It was from the Village of … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Office Says Release of 911 Call in Kurt Milliman Murder Case “Affect Jury Pool”

Two days after Kurt Milliman was murdered at a house on Woodstock Doty Road, I filed a Freedom of Information request with the Sheriff’s Department for various information. Although testimony which I assume duplicates what I requested was given at … Continue reading

Metra Must Provide Barbara Pagano Benefits Correspondence

Metra has adamantly refused to release information to McHenry County Blog regarding efforts to reimburse the taxpayers for the money that former Executive Director Phil Pagano took without authorization. I’ve been trying to obtain such documents since September, 2010, and … Continue reading

Attorney General Asks Sheriff to Come Up with Another Reason for Denial of Pagano’s Signature

You may remember that I’ve been trying to get information about the suicide notes that Phil Pagano’s suicide notes. I requested that McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren send me a copy of Pagano’s signature on one of the notes that … Continue reading