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Our Village has a resident that files FOIA requests once per week and the work to produce the documents has begun to take more and more of staff's time. Is it ever okay not to respond to a FOIA request?
A:  No. Surprisingly, the most common formal opinion issued by the Public Access Counselor is that a public body violates FOIA by ignoring a request (as well as the PAC's request for review!). The most recent formal opinion, Public Access Opinion 18-011, was released September 10, 2018.

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Economic Development For Municipal Officials (PDF 1070KB)
This handbook describes the various legal tools Illinois municipalities can use to encourage economic development.
Handbook for Newly Elected Officials (PDF 3735KB)
Our Newly Elected Officials Guide is designed to provide information and guidance on various laws and procedures to newly-elected officials of all local governments. (Updated 2019)
304 Questions That Have Actual Answers (PDF 2228KB)
In this handbook, we list the 304 questions about local government issues that you always wanted to know…with actual answers.
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Publications
Ancel Glink Defense E-News (3rd Quarter, 2017) (PDF 129KB)
The E-News is a publication of Ancel Glink's defense litigation group.
Ancel Glink Defense E-News (1st Quarter, 2017) (PDF 127KB)
The E-News is a publication of Ancel Glink's defense litigation group.
Big Bully: School Liability for Bullying (PDF 2091KB)
Litigation Management (Winter, 2015)
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Presentations
APA-IL’s Excellent Planning Law Adventure! (PDF 218KB)
Take Home Tips on Important Planning Topics
Sex, Guns, and God! (PDF 400KB)
Participants learned about local regulatory issues related to strip clubs, churches, guns shops and other land uses entangled with rights flowing from the First and Second Amendments of the U.S. Cons...
Newsletters
In the Zone: Land Use E-News (Fall, 2017) (PDF 96KB)
In the Zone is a publication of Ancel Glink's land use group.
Ancel Glink Defense E-News (1st Quarter, 2017) (PDF 127KB)
The E-News is a publication of Ancel Glink's defense litigation group
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Recent News
Arbor Day Special! (4/18/2019)
Make like a tree and leaf your headphones on for our Quorum Forum Arbor Day Special! Brandon Naser and Joe Hansen of Park Ridge's Forestry Division discuss Arbor Day in the City, and the important be... View entire article
Defending Malicious Prosecution Claims (4/4/2019)
Prosecutions are on the agenda, as Aaron Bitterman joins us from Ancel Glink Defense E-News (emus?) with new and proposed rules affecting ordinance enforcement for local governments. Then, experience... View entire article
Tiny Homes (3/8/2019)
Tiny homes are a big trend, and Kurt Asprooth joins our regular meeting to discuss local regulations for these unique structures; but first John Reding and Ancel Glink's "In the Zone" land use newsle... View entire article
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Archived Question of the Month
October 2018
Our Village has a resident that files FOIA requests once per week and the work to produce the documents has begun to take more and more of staff's time. Is it ever okay not to respond to a FOIA request? View answer
June 2018
One of our employees requires intermittent 15 minute breaks under FMLA. Are we required to compensate that employee for the time spent on those breaks? View answer
December 2017
Can a home rule municipality adopt an ordinance that exempts certain records from public inspection, even though those same records may be subject to public inspection under FOIA? View answer
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