Background Check for Stephen Yasell

Northwestside Coalition filed this request with the Niles-maine District Library of Niles, IL.


From: Northwestside Coalition

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act., I hereby request the following records:

Any and all written records (including but not limited to hard-copy documents, memos, emails, word processor documents, PDF documents, PowerPoint files, etc.) regarding the background check for Stephen Yasell of Yissilmissil Productions for the technology evaluations contract. This background check was agreed to in the Special Board Meeting - May 24, 2021*

During the campaign for library board, Steven Yasell acted as videographer for Olivia Hanusiak, Suzanne Schoenfeldt, & Joe Makula. There are concerns (amongst many others) that this contract is a conflict of interest.**



The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Northwestside Coalition

From: Niles-maine District Library

To whom it may concern.
We will respond to your request tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.
Cyndi Rademacher

From: Niles-maine District Library

To whom it may concern,

The response to your FOIA request dated June 29, 2021 is attached.

Cyndi Rademacher
Assistant Director
Niles-Maine Library District

From: Northwestside Coalition

Hello Cyndi,

From the 6/24/2021 email from Carolyn Drblik's personal email account (

"As a Communications, Technology and Procedural Consultant to evaluate, assess and inventory library equipment, systems and operations, he will be evaluating the current process for streaming of the library board meetings. Attached is a description of his process."

Please include that attachment.


From: Niles-maine District Library

To whom it may concern,

Enclosed is the attachment you requested. Certain information was redacted pursuant to Section 7(1)(f) of FOIA. Your appeal rights were previously provided to you in the Library’s initial response and still apply.

Cyndi Rademacher
FOIA Officer
Niles-Maine District Library
6960 Oakton St.
Niles, IL 60714