By: Diane Benjamin
The County not only has a difficult website to use, the committee structure makes their actions difficult to track. It’s hard enough keeping track of the meetings held just by Bloomington and Normal, I can’t track all the committee meetings and agendas too. The County Board meetings are mostly jut rubber stamp events. By the time the Board is asked to vote on anything it’s already been decided in committee.
Denying my FOIA requests makes tracking them even worse.
Last September I filed a FOIA request for all FOIA requests filed in a specific time period. I had my reasons, I needed to know who else was filing. Since FOIA requests are public records, they had no right to deny it.
I filed with Public Access and by some miracle they managed to write a BINDING opinion today stating the County was wrong to deny my request.
See the ruling here: Binding Opinion 17-014
A binding opinion means that anybody in the State can cite this case if they run into the same problem. It’s much tougher than their usual generic opinions.
So you don’t have to read the entire document, here’s the good part:
This is a watchdog victory. Your government tried to hide records and lost.