By the time Thom Rae received records from La Grange about a $1 million deal to restore the La Grange Theatre, the Village Board had already voted to approve it. A village effort to restore the theatre prompted the citizen journalist, who runs a news blog called LaGrangetoday.com, to request documents on the subject through the Freedom of Information Act. Rae originally was given a heavily redacted version of a three-page summary of a proposal written by Village Manager Robert Pilipiszyn.
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