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Better Government Association v. City of Chicago Law Department

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  1. Freedom of Information
The Reporters Committee filed an amicus brief in support of Better Government Association ("BGA") in the Supreme Court of Illinois.…

The Reporters Committee filed an amicus brief in support of Better Government Association (“BGA”) in the Supreme Court of Illinois. BGA filed an Illinois FOIA request with the City of Chicago for documents relating to the prosecution of the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. The special prosecutor in the criminal case sought a protective order “to prevent entities like the City from complying” with FOIA requests for documents relating to the prosecution. BGA’s request was denied in part due to the protective order. RCFP’s amicus brief argues that a protective order sought to bar dissemination of public records cannot trump an agency’s duties under FOIA.

Accepted – RCFP – BGA AMICUS BRIEF.pdf