By: Diane Benjamin
Update to this story: https://blnnews.com/2022/03/18/denied-foia-normal/
The Town of Normal used 5 ILCS 140/7 (1)(f) to deny the FOIA.
A lot of Illinois law is ridiculous to read and contradicts itself, but the FOIA law isn’t one of those places.
See the FOIA law here: https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/documents/000501400K7.htm
What does (1)(f) actually say? The Town of Normal didn’t print the parts that made their denial illegal:
The document I requested by FOIA was mentioned in the budget. “Publicly cited” in that document by the City Manager who provided it to the entire Council means the claim to EXEMPTION is invalid.
I even included a copy of that section from the budget. Either attorney Brian Day is incompetent or the Town of Normal doesn’t want you to know what the report says.
Scott Preston and Kathleen Lorenz are the only two Trustees other than Stan Nord who “might” care about this. Email both and let me know if they respond.