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Illinois sunshine lawsuits
Here is a list of major FOIA court decisions and their effect on the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
(The cases are listed alphabetically. To order them by year please click the icon below the Year heading)
|AFSCME v. Cook County||1990|
|Board of Regents of the Regency University System v. Reynard||1997||The case established criteria for the definition of public body based on organizational structure.|
|Carrigan v. Harkrader||1986|
|Duncan Publishing v. City of Chicago||1999||This case affirmed that even if a public records request was met outside of court, an individual could still be entitled to attorney fees if he filed suit in a timely manner.|
|Family Life League v. Department of Public Aid||1986|
|Kenyon v. Garrels||1989|
|Lieber v. Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University||1996||1.)Eliminated automatic exemption of personal information and instead established a criteria using the degree of invasion of privacy and the benefit to the public to determine whether personal records were exempt. |
2.) Eliminated the opportunity for rejections based on the intended use of the open records.
|Mark O. Stern v. Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unity School District 200||2009||1.) That merely placing documents in an exempted source does not exempt those documents from FOIA requests. |
2.) That previous voluntary disclosures to FOIA requests eliminate potential claims of exemption on similar FOIA requests.
|People ex. rel. Gibson v. Peller||1962||1.) This early FOIA case established that individuals had a right to photograph or photocopy records in addition to their right to inspect them and copy them by hand.
|People ex rel. Ulrich v. Stukel||1997||1.) This case established that even if a public records request was met outside of court, an individual could still be entitled to attorney fees if he filed suit in a timely manner.
|Rockford Newspapers Inc. v. Northern Illinois Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency||1978||This case relies on an outdated formulation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and would no longer be applicable with the new wording of the law introduced on January 1, 2010.|
|Roulette v. Department of Central Mgmt. Servs||1986|