Full Transparency for Trustee Olivia Hanusiak

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:

There appears to be a lack of transparency and/or understanding regarding certain members of the Niles-Maine Library Board Trustees. We request open and transparent information respecting the public business of this public body. Communications pertaining to the transaction of public business are public records, even on personal accounts.*

Please provide copies of all records of all correspondence in Niles-Maine District Library Board Trustee Olivia Hanusiak’s possession regarding library business in systems not maintained by the Niles-Maine District Library.

This includes but not limited to, text messages (iMessage, SMS messages, Signal message, What’s App, or any other similar messaging services & social media accounts), phone numbers, emails (to, from, cc, bcc, including any attachments), or phone notes. Requesting responsive documents for dates between May 19, 2021 and the date this request is processed (inclusive of those dates).

Known email alias for Trustee Hanusiak: ohanusiak@yahoo.com

*City of Champaign v. Madigan, 2013 IL App (4th) 120662, 992 N.E.2d 629, 372 Ill. Dec. 787; see also Public Access Opinion 16-006
“Illinois FOIA exists to protect the public's right to know what its government is up to. Giving public officials like police officers carte blanche to evade FOIA laws by using personal email for public purposes would eviscerate Illinois FOIA. Moreover, public officials would have an incentive to avoid FOIA by deliberately communicating about sensitive or controversial topics on private email. This flies in the face of the very purpose of public information laws.”

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

June 25, 2021

Sent Via E-Mail
Northwestside Coalition

To whom it may concern:

In response to your June 10, 2021 Freedom of Information Act request, by e-mail, the Niles-Maine District Library responds as follows. Your request has one part, and our response is noted below:

Please provide copies of all records of all correspondence in Niles-Maine District Library Board Trustee Olivia Hanusiak's possession regarding library business in systems not maintained by the Niles-Maine District Library.

Response: The Niles-Maine District Library has no public records responsive to your request.

If your request for public records has been denied in full or in part, you have a right to have the denial of your request reviewed by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. 5 ILCS 140/9.5(a). You can file your Request for Review with the PAC by writing to:

Public Access Counselor

Office of the Attorney General

500 South 2nd Street

Springfield, Illinois 62706

Fax: 217-782-1396

E-mail: publicaccess@atg.state.il.us<mailto:publicaccess@atg.state.il.us>

You also have the right to seek judicial review of your denial by filing a lawsuit in the State Circuit Court. 5 ILCS 140/11.

If you choose to file a Request for Review with the PAC, you must do so within sixty (60) calendar days of the date of this letter (5 ILCS 140/9.5(a)). Please note that you must include a copy of your original FOIA request and this denial letter when filing a Request for Review with the PAC.

/s/Gregory J. Pritz

Niles-Maine District Library
FOIA Officer


Gregory J. Pritz
Assistant Director
Business & Operations Manager
6960 Oakton Street, Niles, IL 60714
P: 847-663-6403 | F: 847-663-1360

From: Northwestside Coalition


On May 17th Assistant Attorney General of the Public Access Bureau, Teresa Lim, delivered a determination through their PAC review that the responses by the Niles-Maine District Library regarding this FOIA request violated FOIA. This letter has been delivered to Mr. Gregory J. Pritz as well as Mallory Miluzzi of Klein, Thorpe, & Jenkins.

In that determination the Attorney General requests:

“This office requests that the Library ask the trustees to perform additional searches of their personal accounts and devices for any responsive communications pertaining to Library business within the specified time period. The Library should disclose copies of any responsive records to ███████, subject to any permissible redactions.”

Please conduct additional searches and provide the resulting responsive records in accordance to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Thank you.

  • PAC_C-0099_C-0102_C-0104_C-0105_Determination_Let_redacted.pdf