2021 United States Capitol attack and other 'protests' (Illinois State Police)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Illinois State Police of Illinois.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #


Multi Request 2021 United States Capitol attack and other 'protests'
Due Sept. 1, 2021
Est. Completion Sept. 10, 2021
Awaiting Response


From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records regarding the potential for violence, unrest, criminal activities or other disturbances associated with protests or other activities on either January 5 or January 6, 2021 at local, regional or national events. This request includes but is not limited to inter-departmental communications, situational reports, bulletins and other documents.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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.


Emma North-Best

From: Illinois State Police

Re: FOIR # 21-2628 Extension

The Illinois State Police acknowledges receipt of your FOIA request. (See attached request). A response to your request is due 9/2/2021. However, additional time is needed to respond to your request. In accordance with Section 3(e) of the Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/3 (e)), the response due date is being unilaterally extended to 9/10/2021. The basis for this extension is as follows:

_____ The requested records are stored in whole or in part at another location.

_____ The request requires the collection of a substantial number of records.

_____ The request is stated in categorical terms which requires an extensive search for the records requested.

__X __ The requested records have not yet been located and additional time is needed to complete the search.

__X__ The requested records require examination and evaluation to determine if the documents are exempt from disclosure and/or must be redacted.

__X__ The requested records cannot be provided within the prescribed time frame without causing an undue burden or interfering with the operation of the Department.

_____ Consultation is needed with another public body in order to respond to the request.

Note - Extending the deadline to the above-referenced date does not necessarily mean a response and/or public records will be provided to you by that date. FOIA requests are reviewed in the order in which they are received.

Your patience is appreciated.

Freedom of Information Act Unit

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