Freedom Of Information Act

Illinois Mulls Expanded Disease List For Medical Marijuana ProgramPetitioners identifying themselves as veterans of Vietnam and Iraq asked that PTSD be included, making emotional pleas for help, according to 269 pages of petitions obtained by The Associated Press through the state's Freedom of Information Act.
Suit: CPD Taking Too Long To Turn Over Police Misconduct RecordsAn activist and independent journalist is suing the Chicago Police Department, alleging it has taken too long to fulfill his already-modified Freedom of Information Act request for records concerning officer misconduct complaints.
Rosemont Ordinance Would Keep Some Financial Information SecretRosemont Mayor Brad Stephens said it comes down to Rosemont being at a competitive disadvantage by having to turn over to the public information about finances, incentives, and more for the Allstate Arena, the Donald Stephens Convention Center and the Rosemont Theater.
Watchdog Accuses Chicago Public Schools Of Violating Open Records LawThe 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.
Police Union Seeks To Delay Release Of Officer Misconduct ListsThe 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.
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.
Court: City Must Make Police Misconduct Files PublicThe 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.
Mayor's April Fools Joke: I FOIA'd MyselfMayor 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."
Lincolnwood Residents Blast School Spending After Taxpayer ProbeIt'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.
4 Maywood Residents Claim Village Blocking Records RequestsLast 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."
Survey: Government Bodies Not Meeting FOIA GuidelinesChicago-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.
Bill To Keep FOID Card List Secret Passes CommitteeA measure that would keep the state's list of registered gun owners private has advanced in the Illinois House.