Emails on juvenile detention releases

Keaundrey Clark filed this request with the Mayor's Office of Chicago, IL.
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From: Keaundrey Clark

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act., I hereby request the following records:

emails containing juvenile detention releases as the subject from March 25 of 2020 through January 31 of 2021.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Keaundrey Clark

From: Mayor's Office

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From: Mayor's Office

Thank you for your FOIA request to the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor. Your FOIA request has been submitted and is being processed. Your reference number for tracking purposes is: F002536-051121

You have requested the following records: Requesting emails containing juvenile detention releases as the subject from March 25 of 2020 through January 31 of 2021.

The City of Chicago Office of the Mayor responds to all public records requests in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq. If further time is needed to assemble and copy all documents responsive to your FOIA request, we will contact you with a time estimate and a request to extend.

From: Mayor's Office

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May 18, 2021 Keaundrey Clark Via email at RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of May 11, 2021, Reference # F002536-051121. Dear Keaundrey Clark, This correspondence is in response to the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request received by the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor on May 11, 2021. You requested: "Requesting emails containing juvenile detention releases as the subject from March 25 of 2020 through January 31 of 2021."
Your request is unduly burdensome.  Section 3(g) of FOIA provides that “requests for all records falling within a category shall be complied with unless compliance with the request would be unduly burdensome for the complying public body and there is no way to narrow the request and the burden on the public body outweighs the public interest in the information.”

In order to effectively run an email search, the Mayor's Office needs the following search parameters: (1) the e-mail address(es) or employee name(s) of the account(s) you wish searched; (2) key words you wish to search for; and (3) the timeframe to be searched.  Without search parameters, the Mayor's Office would need to review all department emails to determine whether any are responsive to your request.  Such an undertaking would pose an immense burden on the department.
It is necessary that your FOIA request be narrowed and clarified.  If you would like assistance in narrowing your request, please contact me, and I will assist you.  Otherwise, for the reasons provided above, the Mayor's Office is unable to respond to your FOIA request as currently drafted.

If you agree to narrow your request, you must submit a revised written request to my attention. The Mayor's Office will take no further action or send you any further correspondence unless and until your current request is narrowed in writing.

In the event that we do not receive a narrowed request and your current FOIA request is therefore denied, you have the right to have a denial reviewed by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, 500 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, Illinois 62706, (877) 299-3642. You also have the right to seek judicial review of your denial by filing a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact my office at 312-744-3844. Sincerely, Thomas Skelton
FOIA Officer
Mayor's Office


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