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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Time to Update Your FOIA Policy?

It's been five years since the Illinois General Assembly overhauled the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Since 2010, there have been a number of amendments to FOIA, some of them pretty significant. For example, FOIA was amended in 2011 to add provisions relating to recurrent requesters and to eliminate the pre-authorization process for using the personal privacy or preliminary document/deliberative process exemptions. Most recently, new provisions were added to FOIA relating to voluminous requests, and the ability for public bodies to refer requesters to their website for public records. 

Many of you have adopted FOIA policies and forms to help your FOIA officers administer and respond to FOIA requests that probably need to be updated to reflect these new regulations.  Others may be interested in adopting a policy to assist in responding to FOIA requests.  Ancel Glink has prepared FOIA policies for Illinois public bodies across the state. These policies include a variety of forms, including requests, denials, extensions of time to respond, notice to narrow the scope of a request, recurrent and voluminous request forms, among others.

If you would like assistance in updating your current policy or preparing a new one, please contact Julie Tappendorf.

This post may constitute advertising material as defined under the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct. 


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