I'm talking about Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, LTD, Chicago, IL; Orland Park, IL. I'm talking about Orland Park Public Library, Orland Park, IL.
Megan Fox and Kevin DuJan, then former employee Linda Zec have been trying to raise the issue of unreported criminal activity in the library that results from the unfettered access to inappropriate material on Internet computers. They have asked the library for public records or an opportunity to speak under both the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meeting Act. The library, counseled by its law firm, repeatedly denied such requests and have been repeatedly compelled to provide the information by the Illinois Attorney General. Even then the library only releases harmless material and hides the actual evidence of collusion to violate the law, but I digress. The relevant issue is the library has in three months paid about $24,000 in legal bills for counseling the library how to thwart compliance with the Sunshine Laws.
And the law firm knows the law so well its members apparently think they can council the library on how to thwart it:
- It wrote the book on the subject that the Illinois Municipal League sells statewide.
- It trains on the subject at the Illinois Library Association, for example at the "ILA Library Trustee Forum 2014 Workshop" where the law firm taught, "Sunshine Laws: How to Comply with the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act."
The law firm has misled the library, but worse, it has misled the Illinois Attorney General in official filings based on a matter I myself filed, among others. But to explain this, I'll just republish (for the first time) what I wrote to the Attorney General in response to the law firm's then-latest manufactured evidence. After which I will provide evidence, including video, of the American Library Association's current de facto leader using the matter to malign patrons who complain about crime in libraries:
|Dan Kleinman |
|FOIA Request for Review -- 2014 PAC 27987 - Response to OPPL re Affidavit of Director Mary Weimar|
|Safe Libraries ||Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 12:22 AM|
Cc: email@example.com, EKFriker@ktjlaw.com, Dennis Walsh
- "Library Advocate Speaks Against Book Banning in Skokie," by Mike Isaacs, Skokie Review, 1 April 2014 (see the associated video and watch the disdain with which ALA speaks (falsely) about patrons complaining about crime in libraries).
- "Defending Access with Confidence," by Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director ALA OIF, Illinois Library Association, 15 & 22 February 2014.
- "Crisis Communication Workshop - Dec. 17," by Barbara Jones, Director ALA OIF, Deborah Caldwell-Stone and Macey Morales, Illinois Heartland Library System, 12 December 2013.
- "OIF Provides Tips for Libraries Under Fire," by Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, 6 November 2013.
- "Illinois Library Comes Under Fire, When Bad Things Happen to a Good Library," by Beverly Goldberg, American Libraries Magazine, 5 November 2013.
Indeed it is possible this Orland Park matter and the success Fox, DuJan, and Zec have had in exposing this library, including its appearance on Saturday Night Live, Weekend Update, that ALA has started/joined a new nationwide propaganda effort called "404 Day" to try to convince people library filters stink so badly that no one should ever use them despite what the law says or what the ALA OIF leader said (filters work and work well) when forced into it:
- "'404 Day' Next Friday: EFF Sponsoring Teach-In on Internet Filtering in Libraries," by Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, 28 March 2014.
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