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Public Access Counselor Addresses How Local Governments Must Deal with Repeat Requests Under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA” or “Act”), 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq., continues to present complications and problems for local governments. In Public Access Opinion 18-007 dated June 26, 2018, the Public Access Counselor (“PAC”) recently addressed the proper… Continue Reading →

Court Finds OMA Violation by Board for Failure to Provide Sufficient Public Recital of Key Facts of Agenda Items Before Vote

The Open Meetings Act (OMA) requires that a board provide a sufficient explanation, referred to as a “public recital,” of agenda items before voting on them (5 ILCS 120/2 (e)). What this exactly means is open for debate as shown… Continue Reading →

New Bill Tightens FOIA Deadlines When a Binding Opinion Is Issued

On July 19, 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 4715, which imposes two new requirements upon public bodies responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA or the Act), 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq. requests. The law will go into… Continue Reading →

Court of Appeals Rejects Attorney General’s Expansive Interpretation of the Open Meetings Act

An Illinois Court of Appeals followed the clear language of the Open Meetings Act (the Act) and reversed a recent Illinois Attorney General (AG) Public Access Counselor’s (PAC) opinion that would have expanded the amount of information required to be… Continue Reading →

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