The Freedom of Information Act is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal in this country. It is part of our First Amendment Right to Petition government for redress of grievances in that the FOIA holds government accountable to the scrutiny of the public. Each state in the union has its own FOIA statute. HillBuzz is based in Illinois, so our experience with FOIA is based on the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
On this page we collect essays highlighting our experiences with the Illinois FOIA statute as well as case studies showing the results we’ve had (and wins we’ve racked up) with FOIA requests and document production.
CASE STUDY #1: The Village of Orland Park, Illinois
1. Why is a Village employee being reimbursed for going to a pub in Seattle, Washington? (Especially when she claims she — conveniently — “lost” her receipt so no one is able to tell if she had beer or other alcohol at this pub.)
2. Why does a Village that bans “Merry Christmas” spend so much every year on a “holiday party”? (Especially when Village employees get 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, and 1/1/ off with pay every year and the “holiday party” (that can’t mention Christmas because of political correctness) burns through $5,000 or more in taxpayer money to feed and entertain public employees who are already getting FOUR PAID DAYS OFF for “the holidays”?)