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Suburban Life News: For The Good of Illinois Sues Comptroller Over FOIA Dispute

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HINSDALE — “For the Good of Illinois” filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to gain access to the state of Illinois’ checkbook, which allegedly was refused to the group under a Freedom of Information Act request.

“We filed the lawsuit because the comptroller is obligated to obey the Freedom of Information law and the attorney general is obligated to enforce the law,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of the group.

Nine months ago, Baar Topinka rejected the request for the checkbook. For the past five months, Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office has not enforced any release of that information, Andrzejewski.

The comptrollers’ rejection asserted “review, redaction and arrangement of all 2011 vendor payments would take multiple staff members, dedicated solely to this request, more than three days to complete.” Topinka concluded that fulfilling the request was an “undue burden.”

“If the comptroller can succeed in denying access to public information with such a feeble reason, then there really isn’t a Freedom of Information Act in Illinois,” Andrzejewski said.

In March 2009, Andrzejewski ran for governor of Illinois — a position previously held by Rod Blagojevich who was replaced by Pat Quinn. He was one of four Republicans to file for a spot on the ballot. The other candidates included Bill Brady, Bob Schillerstorm and Kirk Dillard.


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