FOIAfest 2024: Full Program Announcement

March 6, 2024 Marissa Nelson 0

Our annual public records conference, FOIA Fest, is returning as a one-day in person event on Saturday, March 16 at Loyola University Chicago’s downtown campus. Below is the full program for FOIA Fest. If you don’t have tickets, you can still purchase them. Scroll to the bottom of the program […]

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Welcome to the FOIA Files, your one-stop shop for FOIA info

May 1, 2012 FOIA Illinois 0

Welcome to’s blog page! We want you to use this space to stay updated on newsworthy Freedom of Information Act happenings, share your gripes and accomplishments in acquiring data using Illinois’ FOIA policies in general and  with specific agencies, brainstorm solutions to problems plaguing individuals or the larger community, […]

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BP oil spill photos released following Greenpeace FOIA requests

June 12, 2012 FOIA Illinois 0

A great example of FOIA requests uncovering new information–and keeping important stories in the headlines–popped up Monday with the release of photos depicting the environmental impact of the BP oil spill in April 2010. From the Huffington Post: According to a Greenpeace press release, the environmental group filed a Freedom […]

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FOIA request will release post-conviction DNA test results

June 12, 2012 FOIA Illinois 0

And in Richmond, Va., FOIA requests from the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project will lead to the release of 78 post-conviction DNA test results on July 1. From the Times-Dispatch: An amendment to the state budget, passed by the General Assembly last month, directs the release of the […]

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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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White House responds to FOIA request for beer recipe

September 1, 2012 FOIA Illinois 1

Despite the humorous nature of the FOIA request for the White House beer recipes, the POTUS’ Assistant Chef responded Saturday with a wisecracking blog post on that included recipes for Honey Ale, Honey Brown Ale and Honey Porter. Check out what may be one of the first video responses […]