For the second time, Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Raylene Grischow has ruled in favor of Illinois Times in our quest to figure out what the heck was going on when Secretary of State Jesse White hired Candace Wanzo, a convicted felon who'd embezzled more than $233,000 from Southern Illinois University before she landed a job with the secretary of state. She was walked out of the office more than two years ago under still-mysterious circumstances that prompted an inspector general's investigation. After White refused to release her personnel file, we sued. When Grischow ruled in our favor last summer, White, with lawyers provided by Attorney General Kwame "Mister Transparent" Raoul, asked her to reconsider, bringing up new arguments that Grischow rejected in her decision issued Tuesday. Allowing the secretary of state to keep files secret that other agencies disclose would, Grischow wrote, "create an absurd result and possibly open the floodgates for other agencies to hide behind such provisions and defeat the intended purpose of (the Freedom of Information Act)." Smart money says White will appeal – after all, what does he have to lose, given that taxpayers are paying his legal bills, and ours, if we prevail? Confidential to Raoul: Tell White that if he wants to keep up this fight, do it with his own lawyers, because this isn't making you look like the advocate for open government you claim to be. After all, you're the one who declared "Sunshine is the best disinfectant" when you were sworn in last January.

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