Iroquois County Board member Chad McGinnis says he’s all about government transparency, and he’s “tired of behind the scenes and back-door actions” of some county board members.
McGinnis (Tuesday) requested FOIA documentation, asking for emails from other county board members. McGinnis is led to believe county board chairman John Shure, ETSB Chairman Charlie Alt and Judicial & Public Safety committee members are using personal emails to skirt the laws of the Open Meetings Act and Local Records Act.
McGinnis claims by not using their official government emails, the said elected-officials are conducting illegal meetings.
McGinnis has also included in his FOIA request the Edgar County Watchdogs, a two-man team that waves its flag about pointing out illegal and improper government actions. The Watchdogs have relentlessly pointed fingers at Iroquois County government and alleged wrongdoing.
McGinnis insists he has no issues with the Edgar County Watchdogs, and it’s his hope, they will partner with him to expose those conducting government business using personal email as a means to evade the Open Meetings Act and Local records Act.
McGinnis adds, it’s a common practice of government officials using personal email to evade the public right-to-know and it certainly was a key issue in Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and her use of personal email.