Mayor's Brother Arrested in Round Lake Heights - Information About Arrest Denied
Written by Administrator Sunday, 07 June 2009 12:03
Click the following link to see the correspondence between the Village of Round Lake Heights, resident Jeff Kissinger and the Illinois Attorney General's office:
According the Illinois Attorney General's office, Police Records are PUBLIC records and should be given to the public when requested unless an exemption applies such as an ongoing police investigation. In this case there was no ongoing police investigation. Mayor Terry Lumpkins claimed that it fell under the privacy exemption. That exemption only applies to things such as social security numbers. The Mayor of a Village should treat everyone in the village equally and that includes his own family. Shortly after the Freedom of Information Act Request was submitted to the Village of Round Lake Heights, the Mayor's brother was notified that someone had requested his police records. Can you guess who that could have been?
When the public asks for police records under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, the government should comply. Mayor Terry Lumpkins has continuously stated that he will let anyone see any document of the village. Apparently not in this case and several others too. In order to hold our government accountable a responsibility of every American, we need to have the necessary information. The purpose of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act is to promote scrutiny of our government that in turn keeps our elected officials honest. In case you haven't really thought about it, We the People are who our elected officials are accountable to. Michael Lumpkins was not prosecuted which brings questions up about the Mayor's influence on that lack of prosecution. Every month the Village of Round Lake Heights prosecutes dozens of individuals. Why wasn't Michael Lumpkins prosecuted? Do we have to sue our village to get our public records?
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