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A McHenry County newspaper won a five-figure settlement against the sheriff's office over a Freedom of Information Act violation. 

On top of a $5,000 civic penalty, Judge Thomas Meyer ruled the McHenry County Sheriff's office has to pay about $80,000 in attorneys fees for First Electronic Newspaper publisher Pete Gonigam's lawyer. 

Brandy Quance is the assistant state's attorney in McHenry County who represented the sheriff's office in the case. She said the ruling was based on another disclosure of information in the report.

A professor whose job offer was rescinded by the University of Illinois is suing the school. Steven Salaita’s anti-Israel comments didn’t sit well with U of I trustees.

Salaita claims the University stonewalled attempts to access emails sent to and from key administrative figures regarding pressure from the school’s donors and the Board of Trustees.

The professor claims the University has violated Illinois' Freedom of Information Act by not providing the requested emails, claiming the inquiry "unduly burdensome."

Court sides with news media in FOIA ruling

Jun 12, 2012

A court ruling has been issued in connection with Illinois' Freedom of Information Act. At question is whether text messages city council members send each other during open meetings are public record. A judge says they are.