Naperville (Ill.) officials scoff at high FOIA volumes


Some would call it the cost of doing the peoples' business but for the second time in little over a year, Naperville officials are complaining about the high costs of replying to numerous Freedom of Information Act requests.

City Clerk Pam LaFeber said Tuesday the city has received and responded to more than 150 Freedom of Information Act requests over the past two years. She did not identify those filing the requests Tuesday but a majority of the requests between Feb. 11, 2011 and Feb. 12, 2013 were related to the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative and filed by the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group.


Last week Naperville announced it had won a "Sunny Award" from Sunshine Review, a nonprofit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. In February, the city received an "A+ transparency grade" from the same organization.