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FOIA for beginners: A state law guarantees access to public records. But it isn’t always that easy.

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Concerned citizens, journalists, nonprofits, lawyers and gadflies all make regular use of FOIA requests, and information that Illinois residents have obtained through FOIA has helped shape public discourse and change laws. In recent years, the statute has had some high-profile moments, including the release of police video from the night a white Chicago officer killed Black teenager Laquan McDonald.

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