By: Diane Benjamin
Almost every FOIA I file gets extended. The law says they have to comply within 5 business days, but they can request a 5 day extension. When 10 business days are given, it should be enough time to get it right.
Eventually it isn’t.
On November 20th I made this request:
This is what a received last week:
How much TIF money did each entity receive? I requested amounts and didn’t receive them!
I notified the City Clerk, the person who sent me the FOIA, and Tari Renner on December 4th the information was incomplete. I’m still waiting for a response.
This week I received strike #2:
If either Council decides to pass a “Welcoming Ordinance” they are violating Federal Law. Criminal penalties do exist for anyone harboring a person here illegally. If the Council decides to protect illegals by ordering the police to not contact ICE, they will be guilty of “harboring”. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-29/0-0-0-8381.html
That made me wonder what oath of office the mayor and aldermen took. Last May 1st the newly elected Aldermen took the oath of office on video. Nothing they swore to included verbiage to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. Mboka Mwilambe took the oath of office saying he was “appointed” rather than elected. Just hit play below:
I wonder if that’s a legal oath of office? According to the Bloomington Election Commission, he was elected. Nobody in the room, not even MBoka, noticed the incorrect wording? The Clerk was reading the text!
On November 27th I filed this FOIA request:
The PDF I received did not contain any documents from the Mayor. Oaths of Office
This is where it gets interesting:
Jamie Mathy, Mboka Mwilambwe, Joni Painter, Scott Black, and Kimberly Bray signed this oath:
David Sage, Amelia Buragus, Karen Schmidt, and Diana Hauman signed this oath:
The first group was just elected in April.
The second group was elected 2 years ago.
Illinois law only states the City has to have a written copy of the oath, it doesn’t specify what has to be in it.
So, somewhere between the 2 elections, City Hall decided the Constitution no longer applies to them.
I still don’t know what oath, if any, Tari Renner signed. It must be a secret.
What does “faithfully discharge the duties of the office” even mean? Whatever they say it does?
I wonder who changed the oath?