The clerk contacted me. They can’t find this FOIA Request. Multiple copies and they lost them, imagine my surprise.
By: Diane Benjamin
On Monday I spoke during public comment at the Bloomington City Council meeting. I posted the video yesterday. Below are details on one Freedom of Information Act request the City of Bloomington has ignored. They didn’t redact information – I was completely ignored. Emails from my blnnews@yahoo email address suddenly began bouncing months ago, so now I send them from a different account.
Here is the FOIA I filed in October:
I gave the City Attorney, Rosalee Dodson, another copy at our November court hearing. By law, the City had 5 days to respond. They did not.
Here is why I filed the FOIA request:
If the City had a legal reason for loaning money to an employee, wouldn’t they have answered the FOIA request?
The Illinois Constitution states that Public Funds can ONLY be Used for Public purposes.
(720 ILCS 5/33-3) (from Ch. 38, par. 33-3)
(Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-867)
Sec. 33-3. Official misconduct.) A public officer or employee or special government agent commits misconduct when, in his official capacity or capacity as a special government agent, he commits any of the following acts:
(a) Intentionally or recklessly fails to perform any mandatory duty as required by law; or
(b) Knowingly performs an act which he knows he is forbidden by law to perform; or
(c) With intent to obtain a personal advantage for himself or another, he performs an act in excess of his lawful authority; or
(d) Solicits or knowingly accepts for the performance of any act a fee or reward which he knows is not authorized by law.
A public officer or employee or special government agent convicted of violating any provision of this Section forfeits his office or employment or position as a special government agent. In addition, he commits a Class 3 felony.
Do laws only matter for citizens?
Maybe I should visit the local Sheriff and State’s Attorney.