FOIA: Chicago Police Board Decision

CJP was alerted by a supporter that a decision from a 2011 Chicago Police Board (Board) case was missing from our Chicago Police Board Information Center. This FOIA was filed to correct that issue.

When you review the dates between the filing date and the date our request was fulfilled by the Board with them sending us the decision you might look at that and be impressed with the reasonableness of their response. This would be a massive mistake. The Board is very good at fulfilling requests for records they do not deem as a threat to being able to get a more in-depth understanding about how the Board actually works. When you file requests for records about the Board’s internal processes they absolutely refuse to respond to those requests.

FOIA Content

12/18/20 – To:  Chicago Police Board

Subject:  Chicago Justice Project FOIA – Decision on Case 11 PB 2739

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

The Chicago Police Board’s decision in case # 11 PB 2739 involving Kevin F. Carey, Star Number 3145.

“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.


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;


Dear Mr. Siska,

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

Attached is the decision you requested.


Max Caproni

Executive Director

Chicago Police Board


If you want to see more details about this case you can visit our Chicago Police Board Information Center case page here.

Author: Tracy Siska

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

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