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Monday, December 21, 2015

Failure to Respond to FOIA is a Violation

No surprise that right after I publish a "summary" of the PAC's 11 binding opinions of 2015 that the PAC would issue another opinion. Also not surprising that the 12th opinion of 2015 offers little guidance to public bodies on any unique or unusual interpretation or application of FOIA or OMA that might actually help them comply with these laws. 

In PAC Op. 15-012, a union organization filed a FOIA request with Chicago State University asking for all records relating to all employment positions. When CSU did not respond to the FOIA request, the union filed a request for review with the Public Access Counselor. The PAC found CSU in violation of FOIA for failing to respond to the FOIA request.

Yes, that is the extent of the entire opinion.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink  


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