FOIA - Chicago Mayor's Office - Newspaper & magazine subscriptions

J Ader filed this request with the Mayor's Office of Chicago, IL.
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F002842-060121

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From: J Ader


To Whom It May Concern:

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

A list of any newspapers, magazines, quarterly journals, or other publications currently subscribed to by the Office of the Mayor of the City of Chicago, both digital and/or in print, as of the date this request is processed.

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.

Sincerely,

J Ader

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: F002842-060121

You have requested the following records: Requesting any newspapers, magazines, quarterly journals, or other publications currently subscribed to by the Office of the Mayor of the City of Chicago, both digital and/or in print, as of the date this request is processed.

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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June 8, 2021 Jake Ader Via email at requests@muckrock.com RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of June 01, 2021, Reference # F002842-060121. Dear Jake Ader, On behalf of the Office of the Mayor, I am responding to your Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request which was dated June 01, 2021 and received in our office on the same day. At this time, the Office of the Mayor is seeking an extension of five additional working days to respond to the requests for one or more of the following reasons identified in 5 ILCS 140/3(e) of FOIA: (  ) the requested records are stored in whole or in part at other locations than the office having charge of the requested records; (  ) the request requires the collection of a substantial number of specified records; (  ) the request is couched in categorical terms and requires an extensive search for the records responsive to it; (  ) the requested records have not been located in the course of routine search and additional efforts are being made to locate them; (  ) the requested records require examination and evaluation by personnel having the necessary competence and discretion to determine if they are exempt from disclosure under Section 7 of the FOIA or should be revealed only with appropriate deletions; (  ) the request for records cannot be complied with by the public body within the time limits prescribed by 5 ILCS 140/3(d) without unduly burdening or interfering with the operations of the public body; (xx) there is need for consultation, which shall be conducted with all practicable speed, with another public body or among two or more components of a public body having a substantial interest in the determination or in the subject matter of the request. Sincerely, Thomas Skelton
FOIA Officer
Mayor's Office

From: Mayor's Office

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June 15, 2021 Jake Ader Via email at requests@muckrock.com RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of June 01, 2021, Reference # F002842-060121. Dear Jake Ader, This correspondence is in response to the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request received by the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor on June 01, 2021. The Office of the Mayor took a 5 business day extension to your request on June 8, 2021. You requested: "Requesting any newspapers, magazines, quarterly journals, or other publications currently subscribed to by the Office of the Mayor of the City of Chicago, both digital and/or in print, as of the date this request is processed."
The Mayor's Office has subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal, Crain's Chicago Business, The Daily Line, The Chicago Sun Times, The Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times. 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 may also seek judicial review of a denial under 5 ILCS 140/11 of FOIA. 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

From: Mayor's Office

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For_review_Catanzara_comments_on_FOP_negotiations_redacted.pdf (https://u8387778.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=6HtRfOYLt5fXvpttM-2FU1HXlc9Qr7-2FBrTp2A6OXN6gdiX1z77-2BJDRqH3Kjxa2HrfhKeHSVioMxDWw7b9bv8CfcLzQF503tJeNMWbXG-2B6rUM1Qg-2B5TLa-2BB0T8QaWE12dnOep0dLZsZwj0bsyaaPE-2F8dU1wZpwZ-2Bo75ah4WJXeOw44IeU4ckX8CBF6hV8UfczsqWLFlsQrg1BogvpTX7V3uHQ-3D-3D1fkS_mOncpFqcmoV4e1yMRLtvG8XEZEIT7SqFKCdIC5vxVAFYL9tF7Y9RZZZXe4gWbFl3hQY9XMZnWiXK6LKoQU3UGFg66yBOzkUYtX-2FLnDQ8cv9Qeg-2BR2VM1CNIB2wUaH-2FqrdbHD4XVBxFxUY0MzdEU0VsuFqDUy-2Fi18yK98IoP-2FLtctUWpGgyuLPoR8svOmZIgnMYI5pUWCf4A-2BK3zE41EV7YqIRglgIhIptUvgy-2FiW4j0LhAC8GNGx3A4nH7f7yJ64)

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June 30, 2021 Jake Ader Via email at requests@muckrock.com RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of May 14, 2021, Reference # F002617-051421. Dear Jake Ader, 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 14, 2021. The Office of the Mayor took a 5 business day extension to your request on May 21, 2021. You requested: "Requesting A saved digital copy - in Outlook Message Format – Unicode (.msg) format - of the email titled "For review: Catanzara comments on FOP negotiations" sent by Patrick Mullane to MLL@cityofchicago.org (as well as CCing several others) on 8/12/2020 around 2:40 PM Central Time.
For technical assistance in acquiring an .msg copy of this email from someone from your IT team, you can relay to them that the Message-ID of the email being requested here is as follows: <ch2pr09mb4284aa8b7681c0db568454d6e2420@ch2pr09mb4284.namprd09.prod.outlook.com>
This is an email that has been reported on and made public by members of the press during recent news reports on the #JonesDay email hack."</ch2pr09mb4284aa8b7681c0db568454d6e2420@ch2pr09mb4284.namprd09.prod.outlook.com> Please find the attached email responsive to your request.  The email requested has a draft statement and other exempt information under Section 7 of FOIA.  There is no way to redact this information in the .msg format, so we are providing a PDF of this email. We have redacted certain material pursuant to Section 7(1)(c) of FOIA.  That section exempts:

[p]ersonal information contained within public records, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, unless the disclosure is consented to in writing by the individual subjects of the information.  ‘Unwarranted invasion of personal privacy’ means the disclosure of information that is highly personal or objectionable to a reasonable person and in in which the subject’s right of privacy outweighs any legitimate public interest in obtaining the information.  The disclosure of information that bears on the public duties of public employees and officials shall not be considered an invasion of personal privacy.
We have redacted under Section 7(1)(c) certain City issued email addresses.  As publicly-available certain City issued email addresses would subject these employees to invasive and unsolicited communications, the disclosure of this information would burden employees’ privacy interest. Additionally, the access to this information would not advance the public interest in understanding “the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them[.]” 5 ILCS 140/1. Further, the landline numbers and other email addresses for these employees is available to the public, which further limits the de minimis public interest in the contact information of the requested employees. See Shurtleff v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, 991 F. Supp. 2d 1, 18 (D.D.C. Sept. 30, 2013) (“The EPA has proferred a substantial privacy interest at stake in disclosing the official internal email address of the EPA Administrator and the work email address of employees at the EOP: these few individuals have ‘a significant personal interest in preventing the burden of unsolicited emails and harassment.’”); Buckovetz v. U.S. Department of the Navy, Case No. 14-cv-2115-BEN, 2016 WL 4801335 at *2-3 (S.D. Cal. Apr. 7, 2016) (affirming the redaction of an employee’s cell phone number, because “the [employee’s] privacy rights in this information outweigh the public’s interest in disclosure”).” We have redacted certain material pursuant to Section 7(1)(f) of FOIA.  That section exempts:

Preliminary drafts, notes, recommendations, memoranda and other records in which opinions are expressed, or policies or actions are formulated, except that a specific record or relevant portion of a record shall not be exempt when the record is publicly cited and identified by the head of the public body.

5 ILCS 140/7(1)(f). The U.S. Supreme Court has determined that the deliberative process exemption under FOIA focuses on documents that reflect “advisory opinions, recommendations and deliberations comprising part of a process by which governmental decisions and policies are formulated.” NLRB v. Sears and Roebuck, 421 U.S. 132, 150-151 (1975).  The purpose is to encourage “frank discussion of legal or policy matters” such that employees in government feel free to express their opinions before a final legal or policy decision is made. “Deliberative” has been found to mean being a direct part of the process where recommendations and opinions are expressed. Vaughn v. Rosen, 523 F.2d 1136, 1143-44 (D.C. Cir. 1975). Records where preliminary opinions are expressed and policies and actions are formulated are therefore exempt from production under Section 7(1)(f) of the Illinois FOIA, and have been properly withheld.
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 may also seek judicial review of a denial under 5 ILCS 140/11 of FOIA. 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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