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Articles on Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of Information Act expanded to include severance agreements

January
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Freedom of Information Act has been amended to include severance agreements entered into by or on behalf of a public entity as documents subject to public inspection and copying.

Access to public records updated to comply with Freedom of Information Act

October
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Human Rights repealed "Access to Public Records of the Department of Human Rights," and adopted a new section with the same title in order to reflect changes made to the Freedom of Information Act. 2 Ill. Adm. Code 926 (eff. June 24, 2015).

New freedom of information rules adopted

October
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Natural Resources repealed a Part titled 'Freedom of Information' and adopted a new Part with the same title in order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. 2 Ill. Adm. Code 826 (eff. July 6, 2015).

Defendant obtains dashcam recordings through FOIA request

By Matthew Hector
June
2015
LawPulse
Page 10
After police said dashcam videos of a traffic-related marijuana arrest didn't exist, the defendant announced he already had them. How? He got them in response to a FOIA request.

Public record requests may now be classified as “voluminous”

May
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Freedom of Information Act has been amended to add a new definition for "voluminous request."

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

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.)

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April
2010
Column
Page 170
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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.

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