Processing notes for FOIA #13-532 (Univ. of Illinois)

Conor Skelding filed this request with the University of Illinois of Illinois.
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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:

All processing notes for FOIA #13-532, received by the University of Illinois on November 5, 2013, which contain remarks, comments, notes, explanations, etc. made by university personnel about the processing of this request (and appeals or follow-ups, if appropriate). This is to include any notes made during the processing of the requests, any standard worksheets completed, and any correspondence referencing the requests, including tasking orders, emails, and coordination documentation.

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: University of Illinois FOIA

January 21, 2014

Conor Skelding
MuckRock News
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Re: FOIA 14-017

Dear Mr. Skelding:
I am responding to your request dated January 13, 2014, under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act in which you request:
"All processing notes for FOIA #13-532, received by the University of Illinois on November 5, 2013, which contain remarks, comments, notes, explanations, etc. made by university personnel about the processing of this request (and appeals or follow-ups, if appropriate). This is to include any notes made during the processing of the requests, any standard worksheets completed, and any correspondence referencing the requests, including tasking orders, emails, and coordination documentation."

I am writing to invoke an extension of the deadline for responding to the request under the following section(s) of the Act, which allow for additional time when:

* 140/3(e)(v) the requested records require examination and evaluation by personnel having the necessary competence and discretion to determine if they are exempt from disclosure under Section 7 of this Act or should be revealed only with appropriate deletions.

I am taking the additional five days allowed by law to review information. The revised deadline will now be January 28.
Sincerely,

Jaclyn Banister
FOIA Coordinator

On behalf of

Thomas P. Hardy
Executive Director, University Relations

From: University of Illinois FOIA

January 28, 2014

Conor Skelding
MuckRock News
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Re: FOIA 14-017

Dear Mr. Skelding:
I am responding to your request dated January 13, under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act in which you request:
"All processing notes for FOIA #13-532, received by the University of Illinois on November 5, 2013, which contain remarks, comments, notes, explanations, etc. made by university personnel about the processing of this request (and appeals or follow-ups, if appropriate). This is to include any notes made during the processing of the requests, any standard worksheets completed, and any correspondence referencing the requests, including tasking orders, emails, and coordination documentation."

Information responsive to your request is available and attached. These are public documents numbering 72 pages.

Portions of these documents have been redacted pursuant to the following section(s) of the Act:

* Section 140/7 (f) exempts "preliminary drafts, notes, recommendations, memoranda and other records in which opinions are expressed, or policies or actions are formulated, except that a specific record or relevant portion of a record shall not be exempt when the record is publicly cited and identified by the head of the public body." The responsive documents contain handwritten notes as well as preliminary discussions and expressions of opinion regarding possible policies and actions of the University.

Should you wish to inspect or receive a physical copy of these documents, please call Melanie Kuehn at the phone number below and she will provide you with all necessary details.

You have a right, under the law, to seek a review of this response by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) in the Office of the Attorney General. The PAC may be reached by phone at 217-782-1396, by email to publicaccess@atg.state.il.us, or by postal mail at the Public Access Bureau, 500 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, Illinois 62706. You also have the right to seek judicial review under section 11 of this Act.
If you have questions for our office, please contact 217-333-6400.

Sincerely,

Thomas P. Hardy
Executive Director
and Chief Records Officer

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