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 […]

Announcing the 2024 FOIAfest Boot Camp Cohort

March 5, 2024 Alejandra Cancino 0

The Chicago Headline Club, the largest SPJ chapter, is proud to announce its 2023 FOIAfest Boot Camp cohort. The FOIAfest Boot Camp is a training program for Chicago-based reporters from marginalized communities to help them navigate accountability journalism — from story-idea to publishing. The journalists will receive specialized training sessions […]

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Use of FOIA prompts action by Quinn

July 11, 2014 admin 0

The following article, which was published in July 3 The Daily Herald, chronicles an action taken by Gov. Pat  Quinn based on information received through the Freedom of Information Act  by For the Good of Illinois. Email prompts Quinn to withhold $20 million in funding for COD By Robert Sanchez The College of […]

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Proposed restrictions to FOIA opposed by transparency advocates

March 25, 2015 admin 0

Advocates for public access and transparent government are voicing opposition to a bill that would place restrictions on FOIA requests regarding public facilities’ finances when they rent out space. Rep. Robert Rita (D-28) is the sponsor of HB 3621 which calls for further restrictions to the Illinois’ Freedom of Information […]

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Court ruling lifts injunction blocking police records

July 12, 2016 admin 0

The Better Government Association ( scored a major victory when The Illinois Appellate Court lifted an injunction blocking the release of alleged police misconduct records. In a release, the BGA said “…The BGA is pleased with the outcome and hails the ruling by the Illinois Appellate Court as a victory […]