Mayor Emanuel’s FOIA policy: Don’t ask because we won’t tell

As a Chicago parent discovered, city officials can’t hand over records if they’ve already destroyed them.


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As we approach the midpoint of Mayor Emanuel’s first term, I think I’ve discovered one of his greatest legacies to Chicago, right up there with dismantling public education and making Mayor Daley’s god-awful parking meter deal even worse.

The mayor is also undermining the Freedom of Information Act, so that it’s next to impossible for ordinary citizens to secure information showing how the government reaches decisions that affect their lives. The mayor and other officials are then free to do pretty much anything they want without fear of scrutiny.

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