By: Diane Benjamin
New software is being used for FOIA requests at the Town of Normal. Formerly requestors were allowed to log in and instantly see old FOIA requests or the status of new ones. Those days are over.
See the new screen here:
I played around with “Search Archives”. Even simple items like “Trail East” produced nothing.
Next, click Track Status. You can’t access any information without a Request Number and an Access Key. That means every request before this new system is gone. If you don’t know the Request Number there is no way to retrieve the information.
Now click Make a Request, then click the Make A Request Box. Normal wants your birthdate! It is required information to make a request. Of course, a fake birthdate can be entered. Most of the other information is optional.
I filed a FOIA Request on 10/22. It has disappeared.
I just filed another one because of what’s on bills for Monday: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3775
Why do appraisals on properties unless Normal is planning on selling (or giving them away)?
Is Koos and company trying to lock the next Council into another building in Uptown while 1 Uptown Circle is still empty?
Why replace the FOIA software that was working great with a system that doesn’t?
The rest of the agenda is pretty benign except the Town is extending the agreement with Midwest Fiber for recycling. The Town needs to chip in another $15,000 to keep recycling going through December. After that nobody knows.
Election April 2021