Why FOIA Matters To You: Chicago Routinely Withholds Records And Videos That Should Be Public, But Courts Can Force Their HandThe goal of the Freedom of Information Act is to ensure transparency by giving the public access to documents, videos, and other information created and maintained by government.
City Seeks To Keep Cops’ Personal Emails About Laquan McDonald PrivateThe City of Chicago is asking a judge to overturn a state Attorney General’s Office ruling that said the emails are public record and, therefore, subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
City Asks Court To Preserve CPD Misconduct RecordsThe City of Chicago is asking a judge to order the preservation of police disciplinary records while also striking a section of the rank-and-file police union’s collective bargaining agreement, ensuring those records would be preserved in the future.
Lawsuit Over Cell-Phone Tracking By Chicago Police Moves FowardA Cook County judge on Monday denied the Chicago Police Department’s request to toss out a lawsuit seeking records showing how police have used secret cellular tracking systems.
Rauner Left U.S. For The Holidays, But Staff Won't Say WhereIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner left the country for the holidays, but his staff won't say where he went or even why they don't want to disclose his whereabouts.
Opinion: Decades Of Complaints Against Chicago Cops Are On The Verge Of Being DestroyedThe city and the police union are duking it out in court over decades of police complaint data...
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.