ALEC - AGs Request (Illinois Attorney General)

Alex Richardson filed this request with the Illinois Attorney General of Illinois.
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From: Alex Richardson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 to 11), I hereby request the following records:

- All communications between members of this office and employees or representatives of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
- All communications containing the keywords "ALEC" or "American Legislative Exchange Council".
- Any files or documents attached to the above communications.

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 fees cannot be waived, 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,

Alex Richardson

From: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Richardson:

Please contact me to discuss your FOIA request below. My telephone number is 312-814-1493.

Very truly yours,

Caitlin Q. Knutte
FOIA Officer
Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Illinois Attorney General

From: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Richardson:

Please contact me to discuss your FOIA request below. My telephone number is 312-814-1493.

Very truly yours,

Caitlin Q. Knutte
FOIA Officer
Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Illinois Attorney General

From: Alex Richardson

Hi Caitlin,

It was nice speaking with you! For now lets narrow the search in the following ways:

- The search can be limited to the period from Jan. 2010 to the present.
- If possible, perform a case sensitive search on the term 'ALEC' so that terms like 'Alec' are excluded.
- Communications with members of ALEC may be limited to electronic communications with the domain '@alec.org' and this part of the request may be processed separately.

If you wouldn't mind, take a look at the number of communications we're talking about here and let me know what it looks like. From there we can narrow things down further if need be - I have a few ideas about the direction we could go.

I would also like to request that any fees be waived in consideration of the fact that this disclosure is not in my commercial interest. Rather, it will be published freely for public consumption on a news media website, where it will serve the public interest by contributing to a better understanding of the relationship between the state AG and a well known lobbying organization.

Thank you again for your time!

Best,
Alex Richardson

From: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Richardson:

Attached please find a letter pertaining to your recent FOIA request.

Very truly yours,

Caitlin Q. Knutte
FOIA Officer
Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Illinois Attorney General

E-MAIL CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This electronic mail message, including any attachments, is for the intended recipient(s) only. This e-mail and any attachments might contain information that is confidential, legally privileged or otherwise protected or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not a named recipient, or if you are named but believe that you received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail and promptly delete this e-mail and any attachments and copies thereof from your system. If you are not the intended recipient, please be aware that any copying, distribution, dissemination, disclosure or other use of this e-mail and any attachments is unauthorized and prohibited. Your receipt of this message is not intended to waive any applicable privilege or claim of confidentiality, and any prohibited or unauthorized disclosure is not binding on the sender or the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Thank you for your cooperation.

From: Alex Richardson

Hey Ms. Knutte,

Seems like there's been a mix up. Did you receive my email dated 5/12? If that is an insufficient narrowing, I'm happy to work with you to whittle things down further. I'm sending this email to you on 5/19 - if I haven't heard from you by 5/21 to confirm that you're getting it I'll give you a call and we can figure out the disconnect. It may be that our platform just has the wrong email address for you.

Thanks for the patience,
Alex Richardson

From: Alex Richardson

Hi Caitlin,

Nice speaking with you again! To put it in writing, I am amending my request to include:

- Only electronic communications.
- Only communications occurring between 2010 and the present.
- Only communications to/from/cc/bcc the domain @alec.org

In addition, would you also do a separate search for the keyword 'American Legislative Exchange Council.' This search may be limited exclusively to the Attorney General.

Let me know what each of these requests looks like and we can proceed from there. Thanks again for the help, please don't hesitate to get in touch for anything else.

Best,
Alex Richardson

From: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Richardson:

We have not yet received your narrowed FOIA request. You may wish to send it in response to this e-mail.

Very truly yours,

Caitlin Q. Knutte
FOIA Officer
Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Illinois Attorney General

From: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Richardson:

Attached please find a letter and records pertaining to your recent FOIA request.

Very truly yours,

Lynn Kowalenko
Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Administrative Clerk, FOIA Office

E-MAIL CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This electronic mail message, including any attachments, is for the intended recipient(s) only. This e-mail and any attachments might contain information that is confidential, legally privileged or otherwise protected or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not a named recipient, or if you are named but believe that you received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately by telephone or return e-mail and promptly delete this e-mail and any attachments and copies thereof from your system. If you are not the intended recipient, please be aware that any copying, distribution, dissemination, disclosure or other use of this e-mail and any attachments is unauthorized and prohibited. Your receipt of this message is not intended to waive any applicable privilege or claim of confidentiality, and any prohibited or unauthorized disclosure is not binding on the sender or the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Thank you for your cooperation.

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