The Edgar County Watchdogs are becoming famous for telling those who do not reply to their Freedom of Information requests that they do no appeal to the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Bureau, but, instead, go to court.
That’s what the organization that published Illinois Leaks did with Algonquin Township.
FOIA requests were made of then-Freedom of Information Officer Karen Lukasik, the Township Clerk.
At Tuesday’s Board meeting, it was announced that a $40,000 lawsuit settlement bill would be delayed until a meeting to be held later this month.
McHenry County Blog learned that the original request from the Watchdogs’ attorney was for $50,000.
There were eight FOIA requests to which Lukasik did not reply.
The maximum fine for each count was $5,000.
Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser dismissed the $50,000 demand out of hand.
The $40,000 goes to requests that “were parts of FOIA’s to the Highway Department that asked for records I didn’t have access to, tht the Clerk does, that were not turned over in time,” Gasser said.
“Because they were Highway Department records, I was libel,” he continued.
“It’s nothing I did.
“I’ve turned over records I have that [have} been FOIAed.”
The suit against the Township part of Algonquin Township government continues.
In other business, the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Road District and the Township was approved by the Township Board, then signed by both Supervisor Chuck Lutzow and Road Commissioner Gasser.
No settlement agreement has been filed with the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.