Loevy & Loevy Wins Summary Judgment in U of I FOIA Case

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In January, we wrote about Professor Steven Salaita’s fight for academic freedom. He was fired from a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign because of his tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s bombing of Gaza last year. Loevy & Loevy partnered with the Center for Constitutional Rights to file the federal civil rights lawsuit on Salaita’s behalf. Loevy & Loevy… Read More

U of I’s Impermissible Firing of Professor Salaita Earns the University the 2015 Jefferson Muzzles Award

There are prizes that academic institutions hope to receive, and there are awards of ignominy.  The Jefferson Muzzles Award, given out every year in mid-April is of the latter variety.  Awarded by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, the Muzzles Award is a “good-natured rebuke to all government officials, lest they forget… Read More

Cook County State’s Attorney Sued for Hiding Details of Controversial Surveillance Activities

While prosecutors are largely shielded from suits, the Supreme Court has ruled they can’t dodge FOIA responsibilities CHICAGO – Against a backdrop of growing scrutiny into police surveillance nationwide, the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was sued today for refusing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asking for… Read More

CPD Hit For Hiding Records About Officers Engaged in Perjury and Other Misconduct

States Attorney Alvarez Shields Dirty Cops From Prosecution, Says Suit CHICAGO – A civil rights attorney here filed suit against the Chicago Police Department today for stonewalling his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests aimed at gathering more evidence about lying while under oath by two police officers, Allyson Bogdalek and Dominick Catinella. “The public… Read More

Chicago Police Sued to Produce Key Investigative Records

Despite history of improperly withholding “street files” from criminal defendants, CPD tries to keep information secret under FOIA that could lead to exonerations For years, the Chicago Police Department hid from criminal defendants potentially exculpatory information in secret unofficial “street files.”  In response to widespread criticism of this practice, CPD changed its policies to require… Read More

School District Pays Nearly $150K To Parent Banned From School Board Meetings

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A federal court in Vermont recently found that a local school board in Vermont violated the right to free speech under the First Amendment and to due process under the Fourteenth Amendment by banning a parent from attending local school board meetings for two years. The parties then reached a settlement of nearly $150,000. Unfortunately,… Read More

The Public Access Counselor

Under FOIA, if your request is denied, you have the right to seek review by the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor or to file a lawsuit to enforce your rights. While the PAC can be a useful way to get your records, there are a few issues to keep in mind. First, there is a growing… Read More

Chicago Police Sued for Refusing to Disclose Extent of Cell Phone Spying

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Privacy activist Freddy Martinez sued the Chicago Police Department today to force release of records showing the extent of its use of sophisticated spying equipment that can trick residents’ and visitors’ cell phones into transmitting personal information to the police.  The Freedom of Information Act suit also aims to discover whether the CPD has any… Read More