IL: Follow FOIA to the letter, Mr. Mayor: This email dump doesn’t resolve your transparency issues

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act says citizens "are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees."

It does not say, "unless those affairs are conducted on a personal email account."

So what to make of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's decision to release 2,700 pages of emails from his personal accounts to settle a lawsuit filed by the Better Government Association? The BGA had sued to obtain official emails sent or received by Emanuel on nongovernment accounts.

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