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Geneva FOIA Officer Relieved of Duty–For Sharing TOO Much Info

April 3, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

Geneva Township Highway District Freedom of Information Act officer Sheri McMurray was removed from her post March 20 amid allegations that she released information that violated attorney-client privilege, among other offenses. The issue centers on highway commissioner Mark Wissing and his opponent in a consolidated election, Michale Abts. Abts filed […]

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EPIC Submits Comments Endorsing FTC’s New FOIA Procedures

April 10, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission last week supporting several of the agency’s changes to its FOIA regulations. In addition to applauding the reduction of their request fees, the organization made the following statements [from EPIC’s website]: EPIC applauded the agency for reducing […]

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Followup in Death Row Inmate FOIA for Lethal Injection Data

April 15, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

A recent court case involving death row inmates who filed a FOIA request for documents about lethal injection drugs continues in Arkansas. A circuit court ruled last months that the states’ open records law did not apply to the inmates’ request for documents relating to “the origin, history of quality […]

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Who Should Pay Legal Fees After a FOIA Fight?

April 29, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

A series of FOIA requests initiated by Illinois media outlets are the basis for Senate Bill 1514, which would “allow citizens and the media to recover attorney fees when prevailing in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disputes that are not determined in court,” according to the Rock River Times, one of the newspapers […]

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A Conversation on Mental Health

April 30, 2013 0

The Chicago Headline Club presents:
A Conversation on Mental Health
Thursday, May 2
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Columbia College
33 E. Congress Pkwy. Room 101
A frank discussion with first-hand accounts from Chicago luminaries David Axelrod, Clarence Page and Perri Small. The panel will discuss the toll of mental illness, on those who suffer from…

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Ebert & us

April 5, 2013 0

The Chicago Headline Club joins all others
in mourning the loss of Roger Ebert. 

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(Roger Ebert accepts the Chicago Headline Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 from Felicia Middlebrooks, left, with Chaz Ebert at his side.)

Bernard Judge, chairman of the…