An Illinois firefighter has filed a public records suit in hopes of exposing how much local officials in a neighboring village have spent on efforts to privatize their fire department.
Scott Moran, a lieutenant with the Homewood Fire Department, alleges that the Village of North Riverside refused his request for public records that would show how much the village has spent on legal fees associated with hiring a private fire department. The village has been battling North Riverside Firefighters IAFF Local 2714 before the Illinois Labor Relations Board and in state court, seeking to unilaterally break the collective bargaining agreement.
Moran is represented by the law firm of Cornfield and Feldman LLP, who also represents Local 2714. He originally requested the information from the village on January 3, 2017 in an effort to access the information in advance of village elections on April 4. The suit was necessary after months of stonewalling by the village. According to the complaint:
- “The voters have a right under FOIA to know the total cost of this litigation to inform their vote in choosing a candidate for mayor.”
- “It is imperative that the requested documents be produced prior to April 4.”