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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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Outta State? Outta Luck

May 2, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

A recent Supreme Court decision could make it harder for information to be freely accessed across state lines. The gist, penned by Justice Samuel Alito, for noncitizens? “There is no constitutional right to obtain all the information provided by FOIA laws.” Some background: A Rhode Island resident who had divorced his wife […]

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IRE Seeks Nominations for Inaugural “Government Secrecy Award

May 2, 2013 FOIA Illinois 1

Spreading the word for our friends, Investigative Reporters and Editors: COLUMBIA, MISSOURI – Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc. is launching a new award – dubbed the Golden Padlock – recognizing the most secretive publicly-funded agency or person in the United States. It is calling on journalists and the public for worthy nominees. “This honor […]

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Police Chief in Hot Water Over Document Shredding

May 6, 2013 FOIA Illinois 1

Getting a Freedom of Information Act request filled can be a labor-intensive process, and many requests languish for days, weeks or months without any response at all, let alone a response that includes the requested information and documentation. A FOIA request for Internal Affairs data submitted to the police department […]

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ACLU FOIA Uncovers Troubling FBI Policies

May 10, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

The American Civil Liberties Union just published a summary of their findings after a Freedom of Information Act request supplied them with the FBI’s Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG) from 2008 and 2012. The ACLU calls their findings “distressing.” From the 2012 guide: In enacting the ECPA, Congress concluded […]