Last year, the Better Government Association filed a lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) in Cook County after the IHSA declined to release records pursuant to a FOIA request. The IHSA had supported its denial of the FOIA request by arguing that it is not subject to FOIA because as a private, non-profit organization, it does not fall within the definition of "public body." Last week, a circuit court judge agreed with the IHSA, and granted its motion to dismiss the case. The court noted that the organization and supervision of interscholastic athletics and activities are not functions exclusively performed by the government, and the fact that the association was comprised of members who are all public employees did not, on its own, turn a private association into a public body under FOIA.
Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf