The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is meant to provide the public with access to public records that are within the control of governmental bodies.
In its simplest form, the FOIA’s default setting is geared for full public disclosure. But disagreements often occur between the persons requesting documents and the public bodies from whom records have been requested. Numerous exemptions to the Act apply, which can create confusion with both FOIA officers and the persons requesting records.
Disagreements often lead to reviews with the Public Access Counselor and even court action against a public body that withholds records from disclosure.
Attorney Michael Hopkins has years of experience advising clients on Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) issues, including compliance requirements, exemptions, and denials.
He has successfully represented clients in reviews with the Public Access Counselor of the Attorney General’s Office and before the Circuit Court.
If you or your organization needs assistance or representation with FOIA matters, Attorney Michael Hopkins can help.