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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