In PAC Op. 16-005, issued yesterday, the Public Access Counselor of the Illinois Attorney General found a public body in violation of FOIA for a complete failure to respond to a FOIA request. The request had asked for records pertaining to employee salaries, independent contractor compensation, attorneys' fees, elected officials compensation, and debt records. The Village did not respond to the request, nor did the Village extend the time for response. When the requester filed a complaint with the PAC office, the Village did not respond to that complaint either. Not surprisingly, the PAC found the Village in violation, and ordered the Village to provide the records.
That's the 5th binding opinion for 2016. Out of the 5 binding opinions this year, 4 of the opinions dealt with a public body's failure to respond to a FOIA request. Like these other opinions, PAC Op. 16-005 provides no new guidance to public bodies beyond reminding them of their statutory obligation to respond to FOIA requests.
Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf