Denial of newspaper’s FOIA request confirms investigation into health department

Federal investigators appear to be looking into actions of the recently dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. Responding to a tip, the Paxton Record filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Sept. 5 seeking the disclosure of any federal subpoenas for records that Iroquois County had received relating to the bi-county health department.

Iroquois County's FOIA officer, Amanda Longfellow, denied the request on Sept. 12, saying that providing the information requested would 'interfere with pending or actually and reasonably contemplated law enforcement proceedings …'

On Monday, Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas would neither confirm nor deny a federal investigation is under way. Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Continue>>>