| Dec 2, 2014
| 3:51 PM
FOIA, (Freedom of Information Act) is under attack in the Illinois state capitol in Springfield. Read the editorial to learn of the hijinks that threaten your right to know:
Illinois lawmakers want to dismantle Freedom of Information Act DECEMBER 2,...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 3:34 PM
Your lame duck legislature is fiddling with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act again. No good can come of that.
Before they leave town this week, lawmakers with nothing to lose could be asked to vote on two bills, both of them designed to water...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Controversial professor Steven Salaita, whose job offer at the University of Illinois was rescinded after he made anti-Israel comments on social media, filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that the university has violated the state's open records law.
| Jul 31, 2014
| 1:06 PM
For eight years, a controversial list of the most complained-against Chicago cops remained under seal while the city fought its release in court battle after court battle.
But after a last-ditch effort by the union failed to stop it, the list was...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 4:38 PM
A blogger sued the CTA on Wednesday to obtain copies of the losing bids and other documents related to the transit agency awarding an almost half-billion-dollar contract in 2011 for the new Ventra fare-collection system.
Jason Prechtel filed the lawsuit...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 10:49 AM
Internal investigation files for alleged police misconduct will now be made public, officials said Sunday in a statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.
With the new policy, the Chicago Police Department will release investigative files relating to...
| Jul 15, 2014
When public officials refuse to provide information about the alleged misconduct of police officers, they invite some damning conclusions:
They're hiding something. They're protecting bad cops. They're more worried about appearances than about...
| Jul 20, 2014
Thousands of drivers have been ticketed in error under highly questionable circumstances that neither the city nor the private vendor that operated the cameras has explained.
Reporters David Kidwell and Alex Richards analyzed more than 4 million tickets...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Hand-written index cards reflecting patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years contain recommendations from dozens of politicians—a virtual who’s who of clout ranging from Chicago aldermen to state legislators and even a well-respected...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 12:11 PM
An Elgin city councilwoman is the Democratic choice to replace an Illinois State Representative who resigned earlier this month for health reasons after computers were seized from his office in a search for child pornography.
Anna Moeller, 42, will be...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 6:48 AM
Citizen complaints about Chicago police misconduct and the related investigative files are public records and must be turned over by the city, an Illinois appeals court ruled this week.
A three-judge panel of the state Appellate Court in Chicago...