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Illinois Freedom of Information Act

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Top Illinois Freedom of Information Act Articles

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  • Cops in SOS unit amassed citizen complaints

    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...
  • Blogger sues CTA for documents related to Ventra contract

    Blogger sues CTA for documents related to Ventra contract
    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...
  • FOP seeks to halt release of internal police misconduct files

    FOP seeks to halt release of internal police misconduct files
    The union that represents Chicago police wants to halt the release of internal investigation files for alleged police misconduct. In an injunction filed Monday in Cook County circuit court, the Fraternal Order of Police claims the release of the...
  • City to release files on alleged police misconduct

    City to release files on alleged police misconduct
    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...
  • Editorial: Prying open police misconduct files

    Editorial: Prying open police misconduct files
    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...
  • More reasons not to trust the traffic cameras

     More reasons not to trust the traffic cameras
    If you drive in Chicago at all, the Tribune's investigation (chicagotribune.com/news/local/redlights/) into the city's wildly unreliable red light cameras ought to make you blow a gasket. Thousands of drivers have been ticketed in error under highly...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...