Articles on FOIA

Supreme court determines that nondisclosure orders trump FOIA requests By Michael J. Smoron Local Government Law, March 2019 In In re Appointment of Special Prosecutor, the Illinois Supreme Court analyzed the tension between the goals of the Freedom of Information Act and the cloak of secrecy placed over grand jury proceedings.
FOIA and OMA update: Recent proposed legislation, PAC opinions, and court decisions By Michael T. Jurusik Local Government Law, February 2019 Updates on the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act.
Personnel Records Review Act exempts a police officer’s disciplinary records from a FOIA request By Yordana Wysocki Local Government Law, September 2018 The appellate court recently clarified that section 8 of the Personnel Records Review Act exempts disciplinary records more than four years old requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
Public body violated FOIA by refusing to disclose records related to a city task force By Robert Lyons Education Law, August 2018 A case summary of City of Danville v. Madigan.
Illinois Appellate Court issues three new FOIA opinions By Tony Fioretti Local Government Law, May 2018 The Illinois Appellate Court recently issued three new opinions interpreting the Freedom of Information Act.
Recent litigation Local Government Law, January 2014 Recent decisions of interest to local government law practitioners.
Who can waive a FOIA exemption from disclosure—A mayor or police superintendent? By Patrick T. Driscoll, Jr. Government Lawyers, January 2014 A summary of the recent case of Michael Dumke v. City of Chicago.

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