Do Boone County officials have to file FOIA requests? If so, which departments require it and why?
village attorney Scott Puma said FOIA requests aren't necessary for trustees because they are entitled to such information to perform their village duties. Additionally, a top village staffer said the trustees' copious requests take multiple employees several hours to fill.
The Daily Herald inspected the Island Lake trustees' requests through its own Freedom of Information Act inquiry. The examination was prompted by a Daily Herald story in which Rabattini and Ponio claimed they were being unfairly forced to file FOIA requests for documents.
Both said they'll continue to file formal requests to ensure they get records in a timely manner.
"I have to file a FOIA request if I want anything, otherwise I'm not going to get anything," Ponio said.