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


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


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

Ventra Program Targeted By Lawsuit Demanding Transparency


“CTA takes troubling position that the public is not entitled to see non-winning bids and advisor records because it would be ‘too burdensome.’” The Chicago Transit Authority’s Ventra program is the subject of a new suit filed today aimed at opening the books on how the contract for the program was awarded and what bids… Read More

The City Releases the Names of CPD Officers with the Most Allegations of Police Misconduct

Yesterday, the City produced the names of Chicago Police Officers who have repeated complaints of police misconduct and excessive force to journalist Jamie Kalven.  This is a monumental victory for journalists, civil rights advocatess, and the general public. In 2007, Kalven sought to have the investigations of citizen complaints of police misconduct released to the… Read More

Chicago Police Sued to Force Release of Evidence of Possible Cell Phone Spying


The Chicago Police Department was sued Friday to force release of evidence that the department has purchased equipment that allows them to covertly scan people’s cell phones for detecting telephone numbers dialed and texted, tracking their location, and cell phones’ unique device identification numbers. Cell site simulators, also known as IMSI catchers or stingrays, masquerade… Read More