A Thread Of Light Levity On A Dark Irony Out of the Illinois AG’s Office

***Dedicated to all of the FOIA Officers and Municipal Attorney’s regardless of their political affiliation as they cannot access this information any better than the general public can.  How can someone do their jobs to a consistent standard when they are being obstructed from PUBLIC DOMAIN information that likely would be used in a court of law by a constituent because it ESTABLISHES A STANDARD?  Just sayin’…this starts more legal battles rather than reducing them…***

I don’t know if very many people will catch the irony in this graphic, but Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office oversees complaints against municipalities regarding FOIA and OMA violations.  This office issues binding opinions and has authority to demand cooperation and thus compliance from a municipal unit.

So here I am, clunking along, trying to figure out the best keywords I could use to thin the FOIA keyword herd and I’ve already read a few binding opinions last night coming from Madigan’s office, so I know they are out there.

Here’s the website I went to:  http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/bindingopinions.aspx

Here’s the irony.

I first was overjoyed at having such a large, thick library of documents to search through.  Surely with so many cataloged so neatly, I would fall upon what I was looking for.

And then I went to go use the search bar.

Ummm…

Search bar?

Yoo hoo!  Are you on the page?

Nope.

Are you on the site?

Damn.  Not that I can tell.

Damn.  Now I have to once again give Google my click credits and visiting habits of my interest in reading public domain materials that are government related using their “site” search feature, which doesn’t always work well…but then again, neither does Google or any of the other free search engine indexes out there.

Yup!  That’s some “open and honest” transparency…

In favor of delivering Commercial Click Trafficking Profits…

To commercial company that profits off of all of the data it collects, aggregates, etc. should anyone ever want to read any of these documents…

Unless they have a direct link of course.

Then only the AG’s office has a record of the interest in the matter.

“All in all it’s just another brick in the wall” in favor of only government and corporate interests having a say in what it takes to keep the nation safe and secure from all enemies both foreign and domestic…while obstructing the individual from actively participating in the process.

Sigh.  This means the site isn’t even ADA compliant as it is useless to those who are visually or hearing impaired.

And now back to the original thought I was working on.

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