Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports (Chicago Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Chicago Police Department of Chicago, IL.
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P588332-062820

Multi Request Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports
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From: Beryl Lipton


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency.

Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation.

In particular, materials responsive to this request include all reports, lists, databases, spreadsheets, and other documentation detailing incidents of legal claims or other allegations requiring compensation for claimants, attorneys, or any other party.

If spreadsheets or similar documents are available in response to this request, please provide all segregable data, including but not limited to:

The nature of the claim or legal matter
The claimant and other parties involved
The relevant case and tracking numbers for court and internal systems
The date the lawsuit was served or litigation commenced
The final disposition or current status of the case, including whether a case is still pending
The amount spent to date as a result of the legal engagement
The amount paid to any parties related to the legal claim, including any city payout and any non-monetary compensation

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,

Beryl Lipton

From: Chicago Police Department

Dear Beryl:

Thank you for your interest in information from the Chicago Police Department. Your FOIA request has been received and is being processed. Your FOIA Center reference number for tracking purposes is: P588332-062820
You have requested the following records: Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or
illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency.
Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments
to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date
this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims
resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation.In particular, materials responsive to this request include all reports, lists, databases, spreadsheets, and other documentation detailing incidents of legal claims or other allegations requiring compensation for claimants, attorneys, or any other party. If spreadsheets or similar documents are available in response to this request, please
provide all segregable data, including but not limited to:
The nature of the claim or legal matter
The claimant and other parties involved
The relevant case and tracking numbers for court and internal systems
The date the lawsuit was served or litigation commenced
The final disposition or current status of the case, including whether a case is still pending
The amount spent to date as a result of the legal engagement
The amount paid to any parties related to the legal claim, including any city payout and any
non-monetary compensation.
Chicago Police Department (CPD) 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. You can monitor the progress of your request at the link below and you’ll receive an email when your request has been completed. Thank you for using the Chicago FOIA Center.
To monitor the progress or update this request please log into the Chicago Public Safety Record System. (https://u8387778.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=6HtRfOYLt5fXvpttM-2FU1HQBImk7-2Bynhw89FmPm6yuaWA2VNOGXqkGvBvgX8E6PTU-2FTGLLeihSKa-2FZeOfyYT8S8USxq5p0V6AR3BMnq1Q3hqlQaZT-2FIMLwmQwycltZ-2F1r9UUk_8MRt49lkWAbFVoHBsMkl4oQKr6f901TFH7uqeUOkngbbywNiKDy-2BlPM5RXQoitBDcu7AHQSabMKdr7l9Wj0Rd8Df-2FWZFp2IjJNN03lQFMZeZqG7T9sO0Ew4K0FlHow8HoKrRZhfqx0O8X2L8T4kY2RTSMPz9G1bin307-2FXQEOqdr61rv-2Flyqfk7shrhjPi6ZEV-2B9Hkqxf5412-2FGhey2kKAIeiYuvLXywss1IChBXH7m4pxGLYjmLAfiy7HhCD-2FpkaQJWgIy-2BFV4FAxJD4oyrUeQldLQ8PLo2ZLf2t3wYJIfJ6anL0hXeaScgxqTLn-2BVCi2Of6LgNWbo9SlebuZ52DLZmcr4K2PY0b548n0gu8LWlCcyT0pPARXPDDtGelJOSke1vGri3pATAAHIncDroqw-3D-3D)

From: Chicago Police Department

Attachments:
Police_-_5_Day_Extension_Letter_19_6282020.pdf (https://u8387778.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=6HtRfOYLt5fXvpttM-2FU1HQBImk7-2Bynhw89FmPm6yuaXuCPDmqJYvRk2B47aEBbNS7w8Zw1ahmZAaRtJcdkbt0pfa-2FLVQn2Z2ErQX5ojQ63lOYFQp82sBxc6byoxsIsYateH14JcbeAsaEUCYtejNiVvR8fdAH6Bc4MgxM4yKtePNfr82eblMcIcxV8-2B00XVQAOyac3vWTPpPDj1-2BV1mB3A-3D-3DhkWC_8MRt49lkWAbFVoHBsMkl4oQKr6f901TFH7uqeUOkngbbywNiKDy-2BlPM5RXQoitBDcu7AHQSabMKdr7l9Wj0Rd8T612hptyRE90Wd2-2FL-2F3j9DdkRzFI4fTvrrG4ZuFRCs779elq-2Fg3xZW7jqpbtiyClFRst-2BrJYiXiKcEG0udXXE2dCyv8ueJpmR97GeLVa2x60jzOLYtaZACGHBFkXU7oAP2-2BkJWRmCkm-2FevhEgyJtrUY8W-2FCiVJVdHbRdlipO4KIC0WsjFvPElKGZHS2nn5gyczavNotCYYRMU1liJvMfPFfEADFalulcjjT9KNtnn7BCycTvPCKPrgMKoJFz9dtJUd2zdKnme1TRBrQaCQ1emw-2F-2F2Lf9Znr8LBxlgyfdxcbdvNcqOjnBclh-2Fx5GWd4mA-3D-3D)

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From: Chicago Police Department

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There is need for consultation, which shall be concluded 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. It is therefore necessary to extend the time for response by five business days to July 23, 2020, as permitted by 5 ILCS 140/3(e).

From: Chicago Police Department

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There is need for consultation, which shall be concluded 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. It is therefore necessary to extend the time for response by five business days to August 10, 2020, as permitted by 5 ILCS 140/3(e).

From: Chicago Police Department

Attachments:
P588332_Response_Letter_Latest.pdf (https://u8387778.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=6HtRfOYLt5fXvpttM-2FU1HQBImk7-2Bynhw89FmPm6yuaXuCPDmqJYvRk2B47aEBbNS7w8Zw1ahmZAaRtJcdkbt0pfa-2FLVQn2Z2ErQX5ojQ63nsq8jCJxPCbSaP4wXWXq4Db4Ah6qT21uAu8QdJ-2BTNiwP4iF3BattwD3KNwAY0PYiP4C-2BAj5sTShOs826judePKUDPGNEyAuJW6yn8DkvnrBg-3D-3D9l6I_RMsYvwl010tj-2FnQAX3r2K1ujScn-2BpvEFaMFe6zNhNPRmedOV3wWoTna3sGCKyV3-2Bxv-2FqhnCvfr5h8LQbk1CGi7U28uFByejpTozL-2BcsLAIXH1d3aq6cN8zpVViRBvlMLgSLeb6jZQGTnlo01d0PsAJwtGS-2BJHohF-2BR5xmJ2qnjuRPjK-2B0BNiLAwEFkDb7H60saGjQ-2Bphsog8vLuj5MRyfxd0fIlnvU-2BpXWeQOFQ8xq3PTCKtNjKmXRldCcsr1MAw1TKO4rKOI1MjymkkkjQP7g-2FBb4Sld1EhBG-2Fq4iazYcMT-2BfO-2B-2BtNa89tyiJP2tmTEYPb52Lurt17V40lPM9-2FAbs0Ui3m3U9q-2BN9LQ3nc-2F5K9Wi8-2Btztlp38i6HmpEg6ifdhpUWYyU0cVuCyFyqsCGvg-3D-3D)

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Good Evening
Please see the attached.
Regards,
M. Baig
Freedom of Information Officer

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency.

Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation.

In particular, materials responsive to this request include all reports, lists, databases, spreadsheets, and other documentation detailing incidents of legal claims or other allegations requiring compensation for claimants, attorneys, or any other party.

If spreadsheets or similar documents are available in response to this request, please provide all segregable data, including but not limited to:

The nature of the claim or legal matter
The claimant and other parties involved
The relevant case and tracking numbers for court and internal systems
The date the lawsuit was served or litigation commenced
The final disposition or current status of the case, including whether a case is still pending
The amount spent to date as a result of the legal engagement
The amount paid to any parties related to the legal claim, including any city payout and any non-monetary compensation

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,

Beryl Lipton

From: Chicago Police Department

October 22, 2020

Beryl Lipton

Via email at requests@muckrock.com

Dear Ms. Lipton,

On behalf of the City of Chicago Department of Law, I am responding to your Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request which was dated October 15, 2020 and received in our offices on the same day. You requested:

Requesting Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency.

Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation.

In particular, materials responsive to this request include all reports, lists, databases, spreadsheets, and other documentation detailing incidents of legal claims or other allegations requiring compensation for claimants, attorneys, or any other party.

If spreadsheets or similar documents are available in response to this request, please provide all segregable data, including but not limited to:

The nature of the claim or legal matter

The claimant and other parties involved

The relevant case and tracking numbers for court and internal systems

The date the lawsuit was served or litigation commenced

The final disposition or current status of the case, including whether a case is still pending

The amount spent to date as a result of the legal engagement

The amount paid to any parties related to the legal claim, including any city payout and any non-monetary compensation

The Law Department maintains most of the data you requested online at https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dol.html. The responsive records are under the heading titled “Judgment and Settlement Payment Requests.” Under Section 8.5(a) of FOIA “a public body is not required to copy a public record that is published on the public body’s website.”

The Law Department does not possess a document containing all the data you request. The only way to compile all of the requested information would be to create a document. While the FOIA requires a public body to produce documents (5 ILCS 140/3(a) (“Each public body shall make available to any person for inspection or copying all public records, except as otherwise provided in section 7 of this Act.”), the FOIA does not require a public body to provide answers to questions or create documents. In Kenyon v. Garrels, 184 Ill. App. 3d 28, 32 (4th Dist. 1989), the Illinois Appellate Court noted, “…the Act is not designed to compel the compilation of data the governmental body does not ordinarily keep.” See also: Chicago Tribune Company v. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, 2014 IL App (4th) 13042, ¶ 34. This position is included in the plain language of Section 1 of the FOIA: “This Act is not intended to create an obligation on the part of any public body to maintain or prepare any public record which was not maintained or prepared by such public body at the time when this Act becomes effective, except as otherwise required by applicable local, State or federal law.” 5 ILCS 140/1.

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.

Sincerely,

Tom Skelton

FOIA Officer – Department of Law

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