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Illinois Freedom of Information Act

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  • Illinois elections board is rushing to kill a people power amendment

    Illinois elections board is rushing to kill a people power amendment
    Illinois voters would love the chance to grab the once-a-decade job of redrawing legislative boundaries from the politicians who have abused that process. Year after year, in poll after poll, support for giving that power to the people has been...
  • Metra releases names from its 'patronage files'

    Metra releases names from its 'patronage files'
    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...
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  • Elgin councilwoman replaces resigned state rep

    Elgin councilwoman replaces resigned state rep
    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...
  • Court: Misconduct complaints against Chicago police should be public

    Court: Misconduct complaints against Chicago police should be public
    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...
  • Statement of the Chicago Tribune with regard to Illinois' Freedom of Information Act

    The Illinois Freedom of Information Act is a tool not just for the press but also for the public. Unfortunately, it serves neither constituency well. Instead, we in the media as well as those in the general public are forced to use a notoriously weak FOIA...
  • Public records: Illinois' leading lawmakers privately circulate proposal to undercut effort for better open records law

    Illinois' leading lawmakers privately circulated their own proposal for a new public records law Wednesday that would essentially gut months of work by interest groups attempting to strengthen the state's notoriously weak public access to government...
  • Wheaton Warrenville school board to release records, Illinois Supreme Court rules

    In a unanimous rebuke of an argument the attorney general once called an "outrageous" abuse of public records law, the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against the Wheaton Warrenville school board for claiming it would be an invasion of its...