FOIA requester sues Caseyville seeking fees, costs and civil penalties

From Madison Record:

Belleville resident Bradley Van Hoose is suing the Village of Caseyville for attorney fees and costs associated with his fight to access copies of board meeting minutes, hotel meeting minutes, contracts, invoices and records related to the village's hotel fund.

The suit, filed April 13 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, also seeks between $7,500 and $15,000 in civil penalties for what Van Hoose claims were "willful and intentional failures" to comply with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests he filed on three separate dates in September 2011.