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Beer enthusiast FOIA’s White House for ale recipe

August 21, 2012 FOIA Illinois 0

Government Executive‘s FedBlog reports what may be one of the cooler FOIA requests submitted recently. Following a fair amount of buzz about an ale brewed exclusively for the White House that President Obama has raved about on the campaign trail, one Reddit user posted an of a FOIA request reportedly […]

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Guidelines set for FOIA attorney fees

August 23, 2012 FOIA Illinois 0

Filing a successful FOIA request remains a high-risk endeavor in the District of Columbia. The Blog of LegalTimes reports that a three-judge panel ruled Thursday to set parameters for prevailing parties to recover attorney’s fees after a FOIA dispute goes to court. The ruling was a blow to the city’s […]

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Vivelo Hoy FOIA uncovers racial disparity in jaywalking arrests

August 24, 2012 FOIA Illinois 0

The Atlantic¬†ruminates on a recent FOIA request from Chicago’s Vivelohoy¬†that uncovered a racial disparity in jaywalking arrests in Champaign and Urbana, the two towns that contain the University of Illinois. While 16 percent of their population is black, the FOIA request showed that 88 percent of jaywalking arrests in Champaign […]

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Quinn regularly cites “preliminary draft” FOIA exemption

August 27, 2012 FOIA Illinois 0

Are you familiar with the “preliminary drafts” exemption to Illinois Freedom of Information Act requests, which allows policymakers to withhold early versions of documents while they’re in their earliest stages, under the assumption that later, revised and finalized versions will be made available? Illinois Governor Pat Quinn knows the exemption […]

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Help us run the Chicago 5K & Half Marathon!

August 10, 2012 0

The Chicago Headline Club and the News Literacy Project are partnering up to help ensure the future of journalism in Chicago! We’ve fielded a team of runners in the Chicago 5k and half-marathon, and they’ve been training hard to do their part. All we need is your help to make…