Attorney General Rules Blogs Are ‘News Media’
In April, the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor determined that the McHenry County Blog was “news media” as that term is defined in the Freedom of Information Act. After a governmental body erroneously decided that a Freedom of Information Act requester,the McHenry County Blog, was a recurrent requester, it ignored his news media status and refused to produce the requested records in a timely manner. Turns out that is a bad idea.
A request for review was sent to the Attorney General, who reviewed applicable case-law (Too Much Media v. Hale out of N.J.), reviewed Skinner’s website, and determined that the McHenry County Blog was “news media” under the FOIA. The FOIA exempts “news media and non-profits” from being designated as recurrent requesters, voluminous requesters, and commercial requesters – which is why the governmental unit took this path to claim certain requesters were not “news media.”
The world is changing and journalism has also changed so government officials should be aware.
Trustee’s Son Receives Junior Of The Year Award At Rice
Tom Phelan, the son of former and now soon to be Trustee Tom Phelan, has been elected and selected as the 2017 Brother Rice Alumni Association Junior of the Year. The process began on April 5, 2017, when Vice President of Alumni Services Jim Casey ’70 visited the junior theology classes. In addition to thanking them for being so attentive and respectful on Alumni Career Day, and reminding them that they will also be alumni sooner than they realize and that Brother Rice will need their support then, Casey also conducted the first leg of the election/selection process by urging them to vote for a classmate who best exemplifies the traits of a good student, a good guy, and a good Crusader. Then, the faculty was presented with the top ten vote-getters (14 this year because of a 5-way tie for 10th), and when those votes were tallied, 5 finalists were presented to a panel of four alumni. After a difficult and deliberative process interviewing five outstanding candidates – pictured from left to right Brendan Hosty, Richard Godsel, Phelan, Brendan Coghlan, and Joseph Kresic – the panel made their choice.
Coincidentally, the process began one day after Trustee Phelan was elected to represent the sixth district of Oak Lawn once again. He previously served two terms from 2005-2013.
Unemployed? Spending Too Much Time in Your Parents’ Basement? Need Direction?
If any of the above questions hit home with you because you lack direction or someone you know could use direction, there is help in the community. The Moraine Valley Community College Career Connections Youth Program will host a free information session Wednesday, May 3, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Education Center at Blue Island, 12940 S. Western Ave.
The Career Connections Youth Program focuses on persons between 18 to 24 years of age who are not working or are underemployed and are not currently enrolled in college to help them determine their next step. Services include assistance with planning a career, obtaining employment, developing workforce skills, or earning a degree or certificate as well as tuition and academic assistance. All services are free. Persons interested in attending the information session should call (708) 608-4130.
Are The State Laws Too Lenient?
Oak Lawn police officers, as well as cops from other towns, complain that they are constantly stopping drivers with no licenses, no insurance, suspended licenses or other problems that would seem to disqualify the normal person from even sitting in a vehicle. Such was a recent case in Oak Lawn where the police officer stopped the driver because the vehicle registration had expired about six months earlier. When the officer asked for the driver’s license and “proof of insurance”, the driver told the officer that he didn’t have a driver’s license or any insurance. The driver was able to produce a “Mexican Identification Card”.
A check of the state system found that the driver did not have a valid license so he was charged with “expired registration”, not having insurance, and not having a valid driver’s license since a Mexican Identification Card is not valid for driving. Want to bet he’s already driving?
Burke’s Drinking Law Dies?
Good News out of Springfield. A law to allow 18 to 20 year old individuals to drink at restaurants with mom, dad or a guardian has apparently died a slow death. Sources at the State House confirmed that the original sponsor decided not to call the bill after public health experts, anti-drunk driving advocates, and apparently some moms and dads voiced opposition. Local State Representative Kelly Burke had added her name as a co-sponsor.