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Does FOIA Require Maintaining Records As Well As Providing Them?

On the last day of 2019, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) released its last binding opinion of the year. In PAC Opinion 19-013, the PAC found the City of Bunker Hill in violation of Illinois’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for… Continue Reading →

General Assembly Amends Local Records Act to Require Public Posting of Severance Agreements with Individuals Who Have Engaged in Discrimination or Harassment

Pursuant to Public Act 100-1040 (“Act”), effective immediately, any unit of local government, school district* or other local taxing body (collectively referred to as a “taxing body”) that enters into a severance agreement with an employee or contractor who has engaged in sex discrimination or sexual harassment is required to publish “information” regarding such… Continue Reading →

Six-Month Anniversary of the “Weinstein Effect” . . . What is the Impact?

Six months ago, The New York Times posted its bombshell article titled “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades” that launched the #MeToo movement, ousted scores of high profile men from powerful positions, and ultimately caused sexual harassment… Continue Reading →

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