All FOIA recommendations made in last six months

Brandon Smith filed this request with the Illinois Attorney General of Illinois.
Tracking # 2017-FOIA-47259
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From: Brandon Smith

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 recommendations and/or opinions on Illinois FOIA requests (binding, nonbinding or otherwise) that the Illinois Attorney General's office made between September 24, 2016 and March 24, 2017, and the full text of those recommendations. If this does not show whether each opinion was binding or non-binding, please also provide documents sufficient to show that.

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,

Brandon Smith

From: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Smith:

The FOIA Office of the Illinois Attorney General's Office is not in receipt of your March 24, 2017, request or the March 31, 2017, follow-up e-mail. Please forward those e-mails to the FOIA Officer mailbox foiaofficer@atg.state.il.us<mailto:foiaofficer@atg.state.il.us> and this office will attempt to identify where these e-mails may be on the Attorney General's e-mail server. We are in receipt of your April 5, 2017, e-mail and will begin processing your FOIA request as received today. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Very truly yours,

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

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From: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Smith:

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

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From: Brandon Smith

Thanks, Caitlin.

From: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Smith:

Attached please find a letter and records 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: Brandon Smith

Hi Caitlin.

Thanks much for your response on 4-13. I see you have provided files from September and October. I assume that means that the other months in my request are still pending/in process. Let me know if that's incorrect.

Also, I just want to ask for clarification on a particular way that you interpreted my request. Thanks for helping me understand. The interpretation in question is this:

"We also noted that this office interpreted your request as seeking only those determinations wherein the Public Access Bureau provided a substantive recommendation or opinion with respect to the public body's response to the initial FOIA request."

The nature of my question is this: are you suggesting that there are non-substantive recommendations or opinions? (And if so, does this have any bearing on whether an opinion is binding or non-binding?) Or are you saying there are recommendations or opinions issued with respect to parts of the FOIA process other than the public body's response to the initial FOIA request?

I'm in the process of reading the September/October opinions now. I'd like to reiterate the portion of my initial request that asks for documents sufficient to show whether an opinion is binding or non-binding.

Thanks for your help. I look forward to other parts of the response.

Sincerely,
Brandon Smith

From: Knutte, Caitlin

Dear Mr. Smith:

Attached please find a letter and records 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: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Smith:

Attached please find a letter and records 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: Knutte, Caitlin

Dear Mr. Smith:

Attached please find a letter and records 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: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Smith:

Attached please find a letter and records 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: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Smith:

Attached please find a letter and records 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: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Smith:

Attached please find a letter and records 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: FOIAofficer

Dear Mr. Smith:

Attached please find a letter and records 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.

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