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Articles on Freedom of Information Act

Aldermen’s texts, tweets during council meetings are ‘public records’ By Adam W. Lasker December 2013 Lawpulse, Page 606 Put your phone down as soon as the meeting starts, a lawyer for local officials counsels his clients in the wake of City of Champaign v. Lisa Madigan.
Electronic communications made through city council members’ personal devices during public meetings are subject to FOIA October 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 504 On July 16, 2013, the Fourth District Appellate Court upheld a binding opinion issued by the Illinois Attorney General that found text messages and emails sent or received from city council members' personal devices during public meetings were public records subject to disclosure under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"). 5 ILCS 140 et seq. (2010).
Changes in the Illinois Educational Relations Board freedom of information provisions November 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 556 The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (board) recently changed its rules regarding its Freedom of Information procedures to keep up with changes to the Freedom of Information Act [5 ILCS 140]. 2 Ill Adm Code 2676.
New limits on FOIA “recurrent requesters” By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2011 Lawpulse, Page 434 New legislation would give governmental entities more time to respond to those who make numerous FOIA requests. A look at that and some Open Meetings Act changes.
2011 Spring Session Legislative Roundup By Jim Covington August 2011 Column, Page 392 A summary of key legislation from this year's session.
Making the most of your FOIA request By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2010 Lawpulse, Page 558 Tips on using the Illinois Freedom of Information Act from a lawyer who has both sought information and served as a municipality's Freedom of Information officer.
Teachers’ retirement system adopts benefit eligibility & FOIA request rules June 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 The Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois (TRS) recently established a test to ensure that former teachers and other members sufficiently separate from employment prior to receiving benefits. 
Freedom of Information Act laws enhanced. PA 096-0542 April 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 State lawmakers recently beefed up sunshine laws to help ensure open and transparent government. (For more, see Two Cheers for the New Freedom of Information Act in the February IBJ.)
See comments from our readers April 2010 Column, Page 170 Habitability warranty disclaimers; FOIA attorney fees; family law attorney fees
Two Cheers for the New Illinois Freedom of Information Act By Alison K. Hayden February 2010 Article, Page 82 Revisions to Illinois' sunshine laws are designed to make public records more accessible. But will they work as intended?
New open government legislation By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 A bill awaiting the governor’s signature would make the promise of open records real for more people, supporters say.
Freedom of Information Act amended. PA 095-0941 February 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 70 Illinois lawmakers amended section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act to exempt certain data elements from the Illinois Health and Hazardous Substances Registry from public inspection and dissemination. 5 ILCS 140/7.
State police to video tape all traffic stops. PA 095-1009 February 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 70 Illinois lawmakers amended the State Police Act to add section 30, which requires the use of video recording cameras in patrol vehicles. 20 ILCS 2610/30.
Streamlined procedures for handling FOIA requests May 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 232 The Illinois State Board of Education recently adopted amendments to 2 Ill Adm Code 5001, effective on February 22, 2005. 
FOIA requests for public records must be in writing September 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 456 The Illinois Department of Public Aid recently adopted amendments to 2 Ill Adm Code 1101 effective on July 1, 2004. 
General Assembly passes legislation to make more information available to public; H.B. 3078, S.B. 1150 July 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 342 In May, the General Assembly approved an amendment to the Freedom of Information Act and sent it to the governor's desk.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath February 2000 Column, Page 62 Banks and title insurance; fees for foiled FOIA requests; crafting affirmative action plans; and more.
Day-Care Licensing Records — PA 90-670 February 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 73 Public Act 90-670 amends the Freedom of Information Act to allow the public access to records including complaints, results of complaints, and Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) staff findings of licensing violations at day care facilities.
Access to Information November 1998 Illinois Law Update, Page 596 On August 24, 1998, the Office of Illinois State Treasurer adopted amendments to sections 651.101, 651.103, and 651.APPENDIX B. 2 Ill Adm Code 651.