Is Law Enforcement Looking at Algonquin Township?

Algonquin Township Hall

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) (a) because the request is for information specifically prohibited from disclosure by State law.”

No need for the allowed appeal to the Public Access Counselor, because subpoenas are exempt from the FOIA.

FOIA Officer Karen Lukasik, Algonquin Township Clerk, provided the informatio


Is Law Enforcement Looking at Algonquin Township? — 14 Comments

  1. What state or federal statutes prohibits the release of the existence of a subpoena.

    I call BS on this response.

    If I were you, I’d run it by the PAC at the Illinois attorney general for their read on it.

  2. The Chicago Tribune was able to obtain a Federal subpoena issued to the College of DuPage.


    Chicago Tribune

    Tribune Wins Decision in FOIA Case Against College of Dupage, Foundation

    by Jodi S. Cohen and Stacy St. Clair

    May 9, 2017

    “In a groundbreaking decision, an Illinois appellate court Tuesday Ruled the College of DuPage Foundation is subject to the state’s open records law and ordered that it turn over a federal subpoena the Tribune requested under the Freedom of Information Act.”

    “In March 2016, Gibson ruled that the foundation is subject to open records requests because it conducts government business and that the subpoena is a public document.”

  3. What is there to look for, with emails on personal servers and purchased Disney Tickets?

    Nothing to see here.

  4. They will be bound by law and obligated to look into it.

    How will that work when the Sheriff endorsed that goon, Miller?

    It will have to be looked into by special investigators?

  5. Apple used to have a similar move.

    They would publish in their annual report a simple statement that went something like “Apple has not received a national security letter”.

    Since you can’t disclose if/when you get one, if this statement were to ever be missing from their annual report, you would know why.

    Kinda clever

  6. @Helena Handbasket

    That’s commonly known as a “warrant canary”, and the practice did not originate with Apple.

  7. Is a subpoena in a civil case protected from disclosure by law?

  8. No, they are not exempt from FOIA.

    See Better Government Association v. Blagojevich.

    File a lawsuit and get paid like Pete did, Cal.

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