DFW-Franzen emails (ISU)

Conor Skelding filed this request with the Illinois State University of Illinois.
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Rejected

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From: Conor Skelding

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:

Any and all emails sent from David Foster Wallace's Illinois State University email address to Jonathan Franzen, and any and all emails sent to David Foster Wallace's Illinois State University email address from Jonathan Franzen.

Wallace was a member of the faculty of ISU's College of Arts and Sciences' Department of English from 1993-2002.

Per the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/2 (c)):

"'Public records' means all records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS, recorded information and all other documentary materials pertaining to the transaction of public business, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared by or for, or having been OR being used be, received by, IN THE POSSESSION OF being used by, received by, in the possession of, or under the control of any public body." (emphasis mine)

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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,

Conor Skelding

From: Katelyn Hoffman

June 16, 2014

Conor Skelding
requests@muckrock.com

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request

Dear Mr. Skelding:

Thank you for your request for information pursuant to the Illinois
Freedom of Information Act. On
June 11, 2014, respectively, you requested a copy of “any and all
emails sent from David Foster Wallace’s Illinois State University
email address to Jonathan Franzen, and all emails sent to David Foster
Wallace’s Illinois State University email address from Jonathan
Franzen.”

Your request is denied. The University no longer has any access to or
copies of emails to or from Dr. Wallace’s university address. He has
not been an employee of the University for over ten (10) years, and we
do not maintain that information on individuals who are no longer
active in our systems

You have a right to have the denial of your request reviewed by the
PAC at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General (5 ILCS
140/9.5(a)). You may file your Request for Review with the PAC by
writing to: Public Access Counselor, Office of the Attorney General,
500 South 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62706, fax: 217-782-1396
(e-mail: publicaccess@atg.state.il.us).
You also have the right to seek judicial review of your denial by
filing a lawsuit in the State circuit court (5 ILCS 140/11).
If you choose to file a Request for Review with the PAC, you must do
so within 60 calendar days of the date of this denial letter (5 ILCS
140/9.5(a)). Please note that you must include a copy of your
original FOIA request and this denial letter when filing a Request for
Review with the PAC.

Sincerely,

Jay R. Groves
Public Records Officer
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