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Franczek P.C. Issues FOIA Request to Attorney General and Updates the FOIA Document Package

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In an effort to better understand the Attorney General’s positions on two key exemptions in the amended FOIA, Franczek issued a request for information to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, Franczek requested all response letters from the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (PAC) to public bodies seeking preauthorization to use the “personal information” and “preliminary drafts” exemptions.

As a result of our analysis of these documents, we have updated the FOIA frequently asked questions document (FAQ) which is part of the Franczek FOIA Document Package. The FOIA Document Package, originally released by our office in November 2009 and updated in January 2010, includes information regarding the amended FOIA, which became effective January 1, 2010, as well as amendments to the Illinois Open Meetings Act. The updated FAQ now includes nearly 100 detailed questions and answers regarding FOIA and OMA. The updated FAQ also provides new insights based on our review of materials available on the Attorney General’s website and our extensive experience in handling FOIA matters under the amended law.

Public bodies that have already purchased the FOIA Document Package can immediately access the updated FAQ at no additional cost by logging in here with their usernames and passwords. Public bodies that have not yet purchased the FOIA Document Package and would like to may do so here for a one-time fee of $500. The Document Package provides electronic access to:

  • A sample FOIA Policy;
  • Sample FOIA Administrative Procedures;
  • A checklist for FOIA Officers; and
  • The updated FAQ.

We will continue to provide all purchasers updates to the documents until January 1, 2011, at no additional cost.