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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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Handbook for Newly Elected Officials (PDF 3735KB)
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Understanding the Functions of Township Government and the Consolidation Clamor
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Congratulations Chris Welch! (1/13/2021)
We congratulate Emmanual "Chris" Welch on his historic selection as the Speaker of the House.  Our first interaction with Chris was as our client.  He was running in his first election, for... View entire article
QUORUM FORUM 48: 20 QUESTIONS FOR 2021 (1/12/2021)
Local governments will face questions about vaccines, virtual meetings, cannabis licenses, and more in 2021. Ancel Glink’s Jaime Such and Rain Montero join us to answer those questions an... View entire article
Quorum Forum 47: IAMMA Social Media Workshop! (12/3/2020)
How do the First Amendment and other laws apply to local government employees on social media? Attorneys Matt DiCianni and Dan Bolin talk about it at the Illinois Association o... 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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