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Jarratt Claims D46 FOIA Compliance Violation

Alleged incomplete FOIA may impact District 46 investigation.

While a new investigator has been chosen by the Grayslake District 46 school board, Lake County Tea Party Chairman Lennie Jarratt is not satisfied that the complaint he filed in April against the superintendent and school board can be properly reviewed because he claimed it is missing a significant number of requested emails.

“Until all the emails are released from D46 so they can be reviewed in an impartial and thorough manner, the selection of an investigator is a waste of district funds,” said Jarratt.  “Tonigan or any other investigator will be unable to perform a complete and thorough investigation.”

The investigator, former Circuit Court Judge Henry Tonigan, received a letter notifying him of the alleged discrepancy.

“I am aware of the complainant’s statement. I have made an inquiry as to the remaining documentation. I need to know the full extent of the complaint before I can begin an investigation,” Tonigan told Patch.

Jarratt filed a complaint in May with the Illinois Attorney General’s office citing a discrepancy between the emails he received through his FOIA request to D46 versus what he should have received:

“I am writing to inform you that Grayslake Community Consolidated School District 46 violated the Freedom of Information Act. Attached are my original FOI to District 46 and their response. If you match the emails against the emails in case 2011 PAC 13983 that you have on file, you will quickly see that an overwhelming number of emails were left out of the response. There should have been several hundred pages of more emails sent from District 46 emails that I should have received with this FOI. Secondly, the denial of some parts of the FOI request is also unacceptable since I had narrowed my request to only emails relating to what would be considered political correspondence in nature. These would not be private since they weresent on district time and equipment.”

On June 10, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office notified D46 attorney Kevin Gordon that while some of the emails requested could be withheld, the balance could not be withheld.

“The district’s use of the exemption in section 7(1)c to withhold the names of students, parents, District personnel, and members of the community which appear in responsive invoices is denied. We have concluded that the District has not met its initial burden of demonstrating that the disclosure of this information would be highly objectionable to a reasonable person,” said Matthew Sebek, assistant attorney general for the Public Access Bureau. 

District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll said the district attorney was handling the complaint and that she had no further comment at this time.

Nightcrawler July 28, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Hey Linwood - I agree with everything except the part about Grayslake not allowing the prolific growth. When we moved up here in '91, the population was under 10,000. It's more than doubled since then. Lots and lots - and more lots - of subdivisions were built in the '90s, with virtually no commercial development, especially within D46 boundaries. Hainesville and the Round Lakes followed suit. But to suggest they're entirely responsible is just not right.
LMJ July 28, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Unlike you all that post your hate comments, I pray, Sully, LL(Carl), and Brad, that you never loose your job and get faced with the very real possibilities of loosing your home. Or scraping up food to feed your family. Take a look around, it's happening all around you to people who want to work, but there isn't anything there. Sometimes to your very prominent neighbors down the street. How can you possibly say that this is their fault for taking a house in this community? What a heartless and narrow minded thing to say. I also can't believe what you people say about Round Lake and Hainesville, on these posts. Do you know that even some of your board members are from these communities? It comes off as very narcissistic.
Softball Jim July 28, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Nightcrawler, Lisa and D46 Resident, There is plenty of blame to go around for the construction of new homes. I can beat ya NC, when we moved into town there was 2,800 people in late 1960's and no growth at all. Houses were inexpensive, however so was everything else. You are all right that there was a large building boom in the area, however the thought of the day is that it takes rooftops to attract big buisness, it takes TIF districts to attract buisness. So they allowed subdivisions to be built with the hopes that buisness would come. They all allowed subdivisions to be built without proper impact fees for schools, roads, police, fire, parks, etc. The Homebuilders came in built houses and left. It has happened all over the county. Then to attract buisness to the area the TIF districts came in. Pay little to no taxes for 20 year or so. Just be an impact on the community. What happened next? When the TIF is up they up and move. K-Mart, Wal-mat, Woolworts, True Value are all examples of this type of issue. Now there are large buildings paying no taxes that are empty inside old TIF districts. Not to mention the tax burden was placed on the homeowners. Plenty of blame to go around.
Brad Faxton July 28, 2011 at 01:54 PM
LMJ - gee.... ya ever been in that situation? I'm sure the person who did loose their job would do anything possible to make sure there was income coming in vs. sitting at the keyboard for hours and hours ranting about nothing. The ever present excuse that "oh, I can't find anything" is nonsense. Have you ever watched Judge Judy? She screams at folks who can't pull up themselves up by the bootstraps to mow lawns, wash cars, work at a local 7-11. My mom has a WONDERFUL phrase, "Boiling f*cking chickens...". In short, do whatever you can to make a few bucks, including, boiling f*cking chickens. There is always someone that needs something done. Recycle scrap metal, wash cars, boil f*cking chickens.
Brad Faxton July 28, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Woolworts - wow. That takes me back a few years. Do you remember Turnstyle?
Softball Jim July 28, 2011 at 02:01 PM
As far as O'Malley is concerned. I feel bad, however I bet we all know people who overextended when purchasing thier last house. Plenty of blame there as well. The Mortgage companies were putting peole into risky mortgages for years. I make a decent dollar for a decent job. However when we went to purchase our last house, we were told we could afford a 390K house in Antioch, when asked what the payment would be they told us about 3,500 a month till the taxes kick in then it would go to about 3,900. We told them they were crazy, we cant afford that. They said sure you can. I think we were smart, we puchased a house in Grayskake for about 250K, have a mortgage under 2K with taxes and insurance. We have equity in the house and are not underwater. However, not everyone looked at thier finances the same way we did. They just purchased the biggest house they could and put little down and now are in huge trouble. Again plenty of blame to go around, because now all those people that purchased to the max, and are now defaulting on thier obligations are bringing your home values down. Plenty of blame, Plenty of blame.
Softball Jim July 28, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Now I don't remember Turnstyle, I remember Merry-Go-Round and Lakehurst ! LOL
Nightcrawler July 28, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Thanks, Jim. I'd love to get together and pick your brain about all this. It's great to hear from people with real perspective about the community.
Brad Faxton July 28, 2011 at 02:16 PM
HAH! Awesome! What a throwback to the good-en old-en days of yo-re.
Softball Jim July 28, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Also, since I am here, Lisa, I to pray that nobody loses thier job. However, I do not buy the there is no work argument either. What they are really saying is "There is no work for the money I want" Also, when it unemployemnt pays more than those jobs available, they choose to stay unemployed for the 99 weeks that they can and be a drain on the government. Which is B.S. Have some pride, take a job and work your way back up. I would do anyting to save my family from the heartache that some people are going through. I have PRIDE ! I work three jobs right now. Why? so that my wife can stay at home and take care of our children. Not only to pay my taxes but to pay my bills, you know, Mortgage, Car loans, Credit Cards, Insurance, Phones etc. I have pride that we are making it. Are we well off, no, but we are better off than my parents were and my kids. and that is what is important to me.
Brad Faxton July 28, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Boiling f*cking chickens. Yep. Saying "There is no work for the money I want" is like saying that you don't like to cook chickens because it is hot, smelly, takes a long time and the folks that will pay you to boil f*cking chickens is nothing. My dear wife even took several VERY low paying jobs to make sure there was a little pin money in the house and that we could afford some of the staples that make for a happy household. We are talking about jobs that net her between $200 and $400 per month. She boils f*cking chickens. Sitting on your fanny to 'drain the govt for as much money possible' is dumb on many levels. Get out there and boil f*cking chickens. I think I have cooked this analogy enough. Heh. Maybe with a more seasoned approach, it will be well done.
Sully July 28, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Lisa, I realize how bad the economy is and feel for the working folks who barely make do, and the unemployed folks who can't find a job. i don't think the jobs are out there. I also don't think most people collecting unemployment want to be collecting and are just too lazy to find work. That description fits some, but I don't think a majority feel that way. I'm very fortunate in that I will not lose my house even if I do lose my job. I've stated before that I'm very lucky, and fit the profile of the higher tax bracket payer. I'd be willing to pay more for the betterment of public schools and general infrastructure. I do not wish to pay for wealthy CEOs getting wealthier or to pay for needless military actions. My priorities lie with the majority of Americans who deserve more than they're getting at this time. Government DOES have a place in American life. Government was not formed in this country to serve only the wealthy or the corporations. Too many people seem to think that now.
LinwoodLoser July 28, 2011 at 05:36 PM
Lisa I pray I never loose a job, too! That'll get ya fired for sure! I did lose a job once. In another recession. I boiled f*ing chickens (figure of speech). And D46 taught my kids the difference between loose and lose...your loss. (who's Carl?)
Sully July 28, 2011 at 08:35 PM
http://www.fastcompany.com/1769299/what-happens-if-the-mother-of-all-anti-environment-bills-passes?partner=ethonomics_newsletter Lennie, Lisa, this is what your tea party is doing.
Lennie Jarratt July 29, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Wow, thanks Sully for thinking the Lake County Tea Party has so much influence in pushing legislation in DC, FL, NJ, OH, CA? Oh yeah, and WI I believe you have mentioned before as well. I would have to say that you are just making false accusations again, but you don't like that we point out your factual errors about our group or myself.
Softball Jim July 29, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Hey Lennie, arn't you the one that has been touting the Tea Party ideas? Haven't you mentioned the Charter Schools in inner cities? Last I checked Lake County has no Inner city. I simply believe he was pointing out other areas of the USA that have been dealing with the Tea Party groups and showing that their system is not working. Can you honestly tell me that by providing all of the budgeted money for school construction projects to the 300+ charter schools in Florida and $0.00 for the public schools is a good idea? That is their Republican "Tea Party" Governor. If you are allowed to point to the "Cartel" which is about New Jersey, then I think Sully can point out articles that are about DC,FL,NJ,OH, CA and oh yeah Wisconson, whoes Tea Party group he backed Governor Walker area about to get RECALLED !
Softball Jim July 29, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Wow where did that last sentence come from. was supposed to say " Whose Tea Party group has backed Governor Walker" Now I feel like the IDIOT !
Lennie Jarratt July 29, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Thanks Jim for saying the influence of the Lake County Tea Party has grown nationwide.
Lennie Jarratt July 29, 2011 at 01:10 PM
I would still have to disagree though, since each Tea Party has it's own views and leadership. You need to come ask the Lake County Tea Party what they believe if you want the truth instead of rumors, innuendos and the false accusations made on here.
Sully July 29, 2011 at 01:19 PM
The simple answer then, Lennie, is to show how YOU are different than the rest of the tea party. Seems their wishes are pretty consistent across the country, so what makes you different? No false accusations here, Len; using known facts about the party in general.
Sully July 29, 2011 at 01:22 PM
And the point of showing "The Cartel" was? The point of trying to destroy D46 is?
Brad Faxton July 29, 2011 at 01:46 PM
As Shrek profoundly said to Donkey, "NO! You dense, irritating, miniature beast of burden! Ogres are like onions! End of story! Bye-bye! See ya later."
Nightcrawler July 29, 2011 at 01:55 PM
When's the next LCTP board meeting?
Softball Jim July 29, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Sorry Lennie, don't be so high on yourself. The Lake County Tea Party are followers not leaders. (Note that is my opinion so it can not be construed as a lie). You were the ones that touted the Cartel (about NJ Schools) at your big meeting in McHenry County. Also, where did I make any innuendos and false accusations? If anything, I have been fairly cordial as of late. I Even tried to take the forclosure and unpaid taxes off the discussion, because NOBODY can prove it and it is not important to this issue. So, I have only stated my opinion.
Sully July 29, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Lennie, I noticed you posted this on the Lake County tea party facebook page- http://redcounty.com/content/most-worthy-tea-party-target-school-board-races so yeah, I'd say your agenda matches pretty closely with the tea party agenda as a whole.
Sully July 29, 2011 at 05:41 PM
The Michigan tea party didn't originally embrace Snyder, but they should love this- http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/29/1000341/-CONTRACT-BROKEN:-Detroit-School-Emergency-Mgr-cuts-all-union-employees-wages-10-+-more agree, Lennie?
Lennie Jarratt July 29, 2011 at 05:59 PM
@SJ, if you want to take something off the table stop repeating it. Also, go back and look, for the most part I touted come and ask ME questions. @Sully, putting an accusation in the form of a question is still making an accusation. Taking what someone said somewhere and insinuating it onto a local person is intellectually dishonest. I could do that to you as well, but I'd rather have an honest debate with the facts. Why are you so afraid of the facts and the truth that you have to make dishonest arguments?
Sully July 29, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Because I have seen no evidence that what I say is dishonest. What was your point in showing The Cartel?
Sully July 29, 2011 at 06:38 PM
What was your point in posting the article about school boards from RedCounty.com? You keep claiming how I am dishonest, yet you offer no evidence to the contrary.
Softball Jim July 29, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Lennier,umm what am I repeating? I do ask you questions, you choose to not answer. That is in fact a fact.

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