Illinois state police are tight with records

State Police Reject Many Requests for Public Information.

A new report shows that Illinois state police have a woefully bad record in responding to FOIA requests:

In 2006, for example, state police received nearly 700 requests under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. They granted 175 requests, denied 146 others and reported in 81 cases that they couldn’t find the document being sought. But in more than 200 cases, there was no record of whether state police responded at all.

One interesting statistic that emerged from the study by the Springfield State Journal-Register is:

Lawyers, insurance companies, crime victims and others outnumber journalists by about 20 to 1 in making FOIA requests to the state police.

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