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Watchdog Accuses Chicago Public Schools Of Violating Open Records Law

The Chicago Public Schools have been hit with a lawsuit accusing the administration of violating the law when it comes to providing the public with information about how the district is run.

09/12/2014

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Police Union Seeks To Delay Release Of Officer Misconduct Lists

The Fraternal Order of Police, which filed the injunction Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, claims there is reason to believe the lists are inaccurate and could “unfairly and vexatiously harm” the officers named in them.

07/29/2014

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BGA Sues Cook County To Release “Clout Logs”

A government watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against Cook County, to get access to records about potential patronage in county hiring.

07/03/2014

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Court: City Must Make Police Misconduct Files Public

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act doesn’t exempt “CR files,” which consist of misconduct complaints against officers and documents created during the investigations, a state appeals court ruled Monday.

03/11/2014

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Mayor’s April Fools Joke: I FOIA’d Myself

Mayor Rahm Emanuel poked a bit of fun at himself while playing an April Fools Day joke on Sunday, when the mayor’s office announced he was filing Freedom of Information Act requests to “learn everything I can about myself.”

CBS Chicago–04/01/2012

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Lincolnwood Residents Blast School Spending After Taxpayer Probe

It’s a small suburban school district that some say is spending big money on things like Chicago hotel rooms, fancy meals and a luxury car. As CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman reports, residents in Lincolnwood took it upon themselves to get the dirt on how school officials have been spending their money.

CBS 2–01/18/2012

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4 Maywood Residents Claim Village Blocking Records Requests

Last spring, in a chance meeting, Maywood village trustee candidate Cheryl Ealey asked Village Clerk Gary Woll why the village was dragging its feet on the release of a number of documents sought by those challenging the administration. Ealey claims that Woll told her that the village “won’t give you information to use against us.”

WBBM Newsradio–09/20/2011

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Survey: Government Bodies Not Meeting FOIA Guidelines

Chicago-area reporters are not pleased with the way government is treating a new state law that’s supposed to make government more open to public scrutiny.

WBBM Newsradio–05/30/2011

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Bill To Keep FOID Card List Secret Passes Committee

A measure that would keep the state’s list of registered gun owners private has advanced in the Illinois House.

CBS Chicago–03/17/2011

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Illinois Public Information Loophole To Remain

Illinois legislators have voted to keep a loophole in the state’s public information laws, even though Gov. Pat Quinn wanted to close it.

CBS Chicago–12/02/2010