Where Did He Learn This Trick?
- The Chicago Tribune filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that Mayor Rahm Emanuel violated state open records laws by refusing to release communications about city business conducted through private emails and text messages.
The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, asks a judge to order the mayor to comply with a state Freedom of Information Act request from the Tribune and produce the documents. The lawsuit also seeks to have Emanuel declared in violation of the Illinois Local Records Act for failing to preserve emails and texts he sent or received while doing city business.
The lawsuit claims that, in recent years, Freedom of Information Act requests from the Tribune to the mayor's office "have been met with a pattern of non-compliance, partial compliance, delay and obfuscation." Emanuel's use of private phones and personal email, the lawsuit alleges, allows the mayor to do the public's business without scrutiny and contributes to a "lack of transparency."
Golly, it's a good thing there are laws at every level covering this sort of behavior and punishment shall be meted swiftly and ruthlessly against all who disobey. If there weren't consequences, why, a former Secretary of State could run a private e-mail server out of her house, conduct sensitive national business away from Congressional oversight, and allow foreign governments could steal all sorts of classified information. And that would never ever happen.