Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Hal Harper has spent every workday for the last two months dealing with Freedom of Information Act requests from a convicted murderer.
Harper, who started two months ago as one of the department’s Freedom Of Information Act officers, said that Daniel Cleary recently sent a request for 2,500 pages of documents and a DVD of his police interrogations.
The Illinois General Assembly in early December passed an amendment to the state’s FOIA law that deals with voluminous requests. Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed the bill, after which the General Assembly voted to override the veto. The new changes allow public bodies to charge for time, materials, transportation and other costs associated with providing material in FOIA filings. Continue>>>