The Public Access Counselor of the Illinois Attorney General's office issued its second opinion for 2017 last week. PAC Op. 2017-002. This opinion involved a FOIA request filed by a reporter seeking a copy of a police report of a police pursuit. The public body did not respond to the request, and the reporter filed a request for review. The public body's FOIA officer told the PAC that she had forwarded the FOIA request to the public body's attorney and police department for response, but neither the attorney nor the police department responded or provided the records to the requester.
Not surprisingly, the PAC found the public body in violation of FOIA for not responding to the request or providing the requested record.
So, public bodies must respond to FOIA requests. No new guidance in this binding opinion.
Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf