Illinois AG’s office sides with Paxton Record in FOIA complaint

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Attorney General’s Office has finally determined that the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department improperly denied a Freedom of Information Act request filed nearly two years ago by the Paxton Record.

The weekly newspaper based in Paxton, Ill., filed its FOIA request with the health department that served Ford and Iroquois counties on Sept. 25, 2013, almost a year before the bi-county agency was dissolved.

The Paxton Record sought “a list of the addresses of every property that applied for and received grant money” from the health department in connection with a massive flood that struck Iroquois County in 2008.  Continue>>>