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Monday, October 6, 2014

City in Violation of FOIA for Not Responding

I wasn't sure whether it was worth reporting on the 11th PAC opinion for 2014 since it really doesn't provide public bodies with any new guidance or advice from that office.  But, here's the short and sweet on PAC Op. 14-011 (Sept. 29, 2014).

A Chicago Tribune reporter filed a number of FOIA requests with the City of Harvey over a two week period seeking copies of contracts between the City and various companies and individuals.  A month later, after repeated inquiries but still no response, the reporter filed four requests for review with the PAC claiming that the City failed to produce any records or respond to the FOIA requests. The PAC contacted the City, but the City still failed to respond to the FOIA request.  

Not surprisingly, the PAC found the City in violation of FOIA for failing to respond to any of the reporter's FOIA requests, and ordered the City to comply with the requests and provide the requested documents.  

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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