By: Diane Benjamin
On August 29th I filed a FOIA request with Connect Transit:
Smart Growth America is the “facilitator” they hired for the Working Group in June of 2019. See this WGLT story – $53,000 https://www.wglt.org/post/connect-transit-board-modifies-pink-route-hires-facilitator#stream/0
First Response to the FOIA:
The due date of September 6th was extended 5 days.
Next I got this email on September 13th:
This email included a this request to narrow the request:
Keep in mind this facilitator was just hired by Connect Transit in June. I agreed to narrow the request to 12 months on September 13th:
This email was next:
So, Smart Growth America was hired in June, but reducing the request to 12 month substantially reduced the potential records?
Then I received this one promising the FOIA yesterday:
Yesterday I received this email extending the request until tomorrow:
Documents belong to citizens, unless they have something to hide there was no reason to pay an attorney to reviews the documents.
- Connect Transit just hired this consultant a few months ago
- Why did narrowing the search to 12 months substantially reduce the number of records?
- How long has Connect Transit been plotting with Smart Growth America?
Keep in mind, the Working Group has been subverted to planning ways to raise money. That group is no longer looking at the problems that brought affected riders to meeting after meeting where nobody cared about their issues.
If Connect Transit becomes it’s own taxing district, Bloomington and Normal will not decrease the taxes they steal from you to fund the system now. That money will just be redirected.
Government never has enough money.
Failure to vote in local elections has consequences. Taxpayers are being crushed because they failed themselves.
Remember, the original FOIA was filed August 29th. I still have nothing. Today I filed one more FOIA. I requested the first 5 communications ever with Smart Growth America. That will tell me how long they have been plotting with Connect Transit.
If I receive a bunch of redacted emails tomorrow, there will be a lawsuit.
I never agreed to any of the requested extensions.