Kay Mullins: Sunshine Troublemaker of the Week

Allow me to introduce you to Kay Mullins of Winnebago County, Illinois. Kay is the 44th recipient of our Sunshine Troublemaker of the Week award.

Sunshine Troublemaker of the Week

See: FOIA appeal going to Harlem board.

Kay earned her spurs as an STOTW when Harlem Township Supervisor Doug Aurand’s decided that for the sin of asking for copies of public documents, he was going to have to rebuke her and smite her mightily in the local newspaper by saying:

“These people are on what some people would call a political witch hunt. This woman is a political operative for my opponent. They’re trying anything they can to spear my 38 years as an elected official.”

Bad Kay!

What Kay Mullins is trying to get:

I’ve asked for expenditures, and I’ve been through the expenditures for the last 22 months. I’ve asked for a lot of details to back those expenditures up, and I’ve asked for their Freedom of Information Act policy…There’s a series of records they’ve been reluctant to give to me, such as bank statements and a trial balance (a balance of debits and credits recorded in bookkeeping ledger) for March 31, 2008. They said they probably didn’t have it.”

Or as the irate supervisor puts it:

“From Jan. 1, 2004 to the present, she has asked for every payment, phone bill, bank statements and invoices.”

Kay: Do you feel like you’re being told, “Just shut up and pay your taxes”?

Doug Aurand: Try putting your checkbook register online. That way, residents in your township won’t have to waste their time filing open records requests, and won’t have to undergo a unseemly public tongue-lashing from you, in order to gain access to information that everyone in your township should be able to access with the click of a mouse.

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