FOIA: Police Board Membership Info

The Chicago Police Board fails to post the simplest data to their website so it forces us to file FOIA requests to obtain routine dates about membership of board members. They seem incapable of posting this information on their website.

If you check the active board members you see will the new member listed along with the others with the only way to tell that they are new is looking at the term dates. Of course, there is absolutely no information about past members’ terms. So, we are left with no other options to file a FOIA request for this information that should be posted to the Board’s website. This is all theater that the Board is forcing us to go through. We have no other choice but to play along.

The information we will be obtaining from the Board will be used on our Chicago Police Board Information Center website.

FOIA Content

To:  Chicago Police Board

Re: Board Membership information

In accordance with Definitions and Instructions below and the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140, I request that your office provide the following public records: 

FOIA A

Please provide public records sufficient to show the date Eva-Dina Delgado ended her membership on the Chicago Police Board.

FOIA B

Please provide all photos of Jorge Montes.

DEFINITIONS
“Document” and/or “Documents” means any documents or electronically stored information of any kind—including writings, drawings, graphs, charts, photographs, sound recordings, images, and other data or data compilations—stored in any medium from which information can be obtained either directly or, if necessary, after translation by the responding party into a reasonably usable form.

INSTRUCTIONS

If the agency withholds any document or information pertinent to the requests made herein, please identify the document or information in as much detail as is possible, and detail in specific language why each document or piece of information is being withheld.

If any information requested herein is withheld on the basis of a claim of privilege or other protection as material prepared in anticipation of litigation or trial, then that claim shall be made expressly in a writing that describes the nature of the Documents, Communications, or Things not produced or disclosed in a manner that will enable us to assess the applicability of the privilege or protection. With regard to each claim of privilege or protection, the following information should be provided in the response or the objection:

(a) the type of Document, e.g., letter or memorandum;

(b) general subject matter of the Document;

(c) the date of the Document;

(d) such other information as is sufficient to identify the Document for a subpoena duces tecum, including, where appropriate, the author, addressee, and any other recipient of the Document, and, where not apparent, the relationship of the author, addressee, and any other recipient to each other; and

(e) the nature of the privilege or protection;

(f) if applicable, the litigation or trial of which he document was created in anticipation.

If any Document identified herein has been lost, discarded, or destroyed, each such Document should be identified as completely as possible, including as to each such Document, its date, general nature (e.g., letter, memorandum, telegram, telex, photograph, computer printout), subject matter, each author or originator, each person indicated as an addressee or copy recipient, and its former custodian(s). In addition, as to each such Document, the following information shall be supplied:

(a) date of disposal, loss, or destruction;

(b) manner of disposal, loss, or destruction;

(c) reason for disposal or destruction, or any explanation of loss;

(d) persons authorizing the disposal or destruction;

(e) persons having knowledge of the disposal, destruction, or loss; and

(f) persons who destroyed, lost, or disposed or the Document or Thing.
I look forward to hearing from you in writing within five working days, as required by the Act 5 ILCS 140(3). 

Please direct all questions or responses to this FOIA request to this email address by responding to this email.  

Updates

7/13 – Dear Executive Director Siska,

I write in response to your Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request (re-printed below).

Attached are the records you have requested. Please note that I have omitted from the attached records personal email addresses, as this information is exempt under 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(b), which exempts from disclosure “private information.” See 5 ILCS 140/2 (c-5) for a definition of “private information.”

To the extent your FOIA request has been denied, you have a right of review by the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor, who may be contacted at 500 South Second Street, Springfield, IL 62706, or at 877-299-3642. You may also seek judicial review of a denial under 5 ILCS 140/11 of the FOIA.

Sincerely,

Max Caproni

Executive Director

Chicago Police Board

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Author: Tracy Siska

Tracy Siska is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project.

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