State appellate court rules that Navy Pier documents are subject to open records laws even though nonprofit that runs the pier is not a public body.
The Better Government Association joins WBEZ in suing the southwest suburb for records it received as part of growing federal investigation.
Decision in a BGA lawsuit means the private body spun off from the McCormick Place governing board won’t be deemed a public agency, but its records will still be subject to Freedom of Information requests for payroll, leases and other government functions.
The decision could make it hard for private entities that have assumed government duties to block public access to their records.
The Illinois Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling favoring the BGA, barring Illinois cities from imposing their own exemptions to state open records law.
The Better Government Association has sued the Chicago Public School district to obtain records that could shed light on the death of an autistic high school student who drowned in a swimming pool during gym class.
The Illinois Appellate Court, in a case involving a Rosemont deal with country singer Garth Brooks, says municipalities can’t legislate the power to pick and choose what parts of state open records law they want to follow.
The BGA sought to require the organization that oversees high school sports in Illinois to comply with open records law. The justices rejected our arguments. But the court does note similar suits should require a case-by-case consideration.
The mayor’s office and public health officials refused to fully comply with an open-records request, newly filed suit claims. Officials withheld information related to lead contamination in Chicago schools.
Should the largest governing body for competitive high school sports in Illinois be required to comply with open records law? They don’t think so. We do.