FBI - Records on dead famous Chicagoans from first half of 2020

Shreyas Gandlur filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1469980-000

A-2021-02196

A-2021-02197

A-2021-02195

1469870-000

1470034-000, 1469797-000, 1469980-000

1470034-000, 1469797-000

1470034-000

Due July 30, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Shreyas Gandlur

To Whom It May Concern:

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

- All records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning Sister Sheila Lyne (1936/1937 – March 10, 2020), a former Chicago health commissioner and CEO of Mercy Hospital, an obituary of whom was published in the Chicago Sun-Times on March 10, 2020 in an article titled "Sister Sheila Lyne, who was Chicago health commissioner and Mercy Hospital CEO, dead at 83." A copy of this obituary is available at the following link: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/3/10/21174102/sheila-lyne-mercy-hospital-chicago-public-health-commissioner-obituary. This obituary contains several details on the life of Lyne that will be helpful in searching for records and cross-references.

- All records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning Charles E. Freeman (December 12, 1933 – March 2, 2020), a former Illinois commerce commissioner, Cook County circuit judge, and first African-American Illinois Supreme Court justice, an obituary of whom was published in the Chicago Sun-Times on March 2, 2020 in an article titled "Trail-blazing former Justice Charles Freeman dead at 86: ‘The Illinois courts lost a giant’." A copy of this obituary is available at the following link: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/3/2/21162014/justice-charles-freeman-first-african-american-state-supreme-court-dead-obituary. This obituary contains several details on the life of Freeman that will be helpful in searching for records and cross-references.

- All records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning Roy Larson (1929/1930 – February 25, 2020), a former Chicago Sun-Times religion reporter, best known for his investigations of Cardinal John Cody, an obituary of whom was published in the Chicago Sun-Times on February 26, 2020 in an article titled "Roy Larson, Sun-Times religion reporter on Cardinal John Cody investigation, dead at 90." A copy of this obituary is available at the following link: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/2/26/21155370/roy-larson-religion-reporter-cardinal-john-cody-methodist-minister. This obituary contains several details on the life of Larson that will be helpful in searching for records and cross-references.

- All records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning Sharon Gist Gilliam (August 24, 1943 – February 16, 2020), Chicago consumer services commissioner for Mayor Michael Bilandic, city budget director for Mayor Harold Washington, chief operating officer for Mayor Eugene Sawyer, and Chicago Housing Authority board chair and later-CEO under Mayor Richard M. Daley, an obituary of whom was published in the Chicago Sun-Times on Feb 19, 2020 in an article titled "Sharon Gist Gilliam dies at 76; worked under five Chicago mayors, including roles as Budget Director, CHA chief." A copy of this obituary is available at the following link: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/2/19/21144347/sharon-gist-gilliam-dies-76-worked-under-five-mayors-including-budget-director-cha-chief. This obituary contains several details on the life of Gilliam that will be helpful in searching for records and cross-references.

- All records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning David Ruder (May 25, 1929 – February 15, 2020), former Northwestern law school dean and ex-SEC chairman, an obituary of whom was published in the Chicago Sun-Times on Feb 16, 2020 in an article titled "David Ruder, former Northwestern law school dean and ex-SEC chairman, dies at 90." A copy of this obituary is available at the following link: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/2/16/21139968/david-ruder-former-northwestern-law-school-dean-and-ex-sec-chairman-dies-at-90. This obituary contains several details on the life of Ruder that will be helpful in searching for records and cross-references.

- All records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning Barbara O’Connor (April 28, 1930 – January 12, 2020), a well-known Hyde Park community activist, an obituary of whom was published in the Chicago Sun-Times on Jan 29, 2020 in an article titled "Hyde Park political activist Barbara O’Connor dies at 89; worked to elect Obama, Harold Washington." A copy of this obituary is available at the following link: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/1/29/21112486/barbara-oconnor-dies-obituary-hyde-park-political-activist-obama-harold-washington. This obituary contains several details on the life of O’Connor that will be helpful in searching for records and cross-references.

- All records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning John LaPlante (1940/1941 – March 21, 2020), Chicago’s’s first transportation commissioner, an obituary of whom was published in the Chicago Sun-Times on Mar 22, 2020 in an article titled "John LaPlante, Chicago’s’s first transportation commissioner, dies after battle with coronavirus." A copy of this obituary is available at the following link: https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/3/22/21190351/john-laplante-chicago-transportation-commissioner-loop-flood-coronavirus. This obituary contains several details on the life of LaPlante that will be helpful in searching for records and cross-references.

- All records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning Rosalie Clark (April 16, 1925 – June 26, 2020), Chicago’s’s director of protocol, an obituary of whom was published in the Chicago Tribune on June 29, 2020, in an article titled "Rosalie Clark, for years City Hall’s host for Chicago, dies at 95." A copy of this obituary is available at the following link: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/ct-obit-rosalie-clark-chicago-dies-20200629-4welnxuaebccfpuhyxq2355uv4-story.html. This obituary contains several details on the life of LaPlante that will be helpful in searching for records and cross-references.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shreyas Gandlur

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A no responsive documents response.

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A no responsive documents response.

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A no responsive documents response.

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From: Shreyas Gandlur

This is an appeal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's response to my July 1, 2020 multipart request for various records concerning various recently deceased Chicagoans. In particular, I appeal the FBI's determinations for the following parts of my request:

1. "[a]ll records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning Sister Sheila Lyne (1936/1937 – March 10, 2020), a former Chicago health commissioner and CEO of Mercy Hospital"
3. "[a]ll records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning Roy Larson (1929/1930 – February 25, 2020), a former Chicago Sun-Times religion reporter, best known for his investigations of Cardinal John Cody"
6. "[a]ll records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning Barbara O’Connor (April 28, 1930 – January 12, 2020), a well-known Hyde Park community activist"
7. "[a]ll records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning John LaPlante (1940/1941 – March 21, 2020), Chicago’s’s first transportation commissioner"
8. "[a]ll records and files, regardless of physical form, including cross-referenced documents and ELSUR records, concerning or mentioning Rosalie Clark (April 16, 1925 – June 26, 2020), Chicago’s’s director of protocol"

In a letter dated July 15, 2020, the FBI acknowledged Part 6 of my request, related to Barbara O’Connor, and assigned it FOIPA #1469797-000. Additionally, they stated that they "were unable to identify records responsive to [my] request."
In a letter dated July 15, 2020, the FBI acknowledged Part 7 of my request, related to John LaPlante, and assigned it FOIPA #1469856-000. Additionally, they stated that they "were unable to identify records responsive to [my] request."
In a letter dated July 15, 2020, the FBI acknowledged Part 8 of my request, related to Rosalie Clark, and assigned it FOIPA #1469870-000. Additionally, they stated that they "were unable to identify records responsive to [my] request."
In a letter dated July 21, 2020, the FBI acknowledged Part 1 of my request, related to Sister Sheila Lyne, and assigned it FOIPA #1469883-000. Additionally, they stated that they "were unable to identify records responsive to [my] request."
In a letter dated July 21, 2020, the FBI acknowledged Part 3 of my request, related to Roy Larson, and assigned it FOIPA #1470034-000. Additionally, they stated that they "were unable to identify records responsive to [my] request."

I appeal the integrity of the FBI's search to each of these parts of these requests. In particular, I specifically asked for a search outside of the CRS as well and it is unclear whether the FBI performed such a search. Lyne, LaPlante, and Clark were in or around City Hall during the time period of FBI investigations of high-ranking Chicago politicians and it is likely that their name appears, at minimum, as cross-references in such files. Larson was involved in investigations of Cardinal John Cody; as Cody was subject to several federal investigations during his time in Chicago, it is likely that Larson's name, at minimum, appears as cross-references in these files. O'Connor was a well-known Hyde Park political activist and helped elect Mayor Harold Washington and President Obama; her name potentially appears in the files of Chicago officials or politicians.

Best,
Shreyas Gandlur

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The Office of Information Policy has received your FOIA Appeal.  Please see the attached acknowledgment letter.

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The Office of Information Policy has received your FOIA Appeal.  Please see the attached acknowledgment letter.

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The Office of Information Policy has received your FOIA Appeal.  Please see the attached acknowledgment letter.

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The Office of Information Policy has made its final determination on your FOIA Appeal Number A-2021-02196 .  A copy of this determination is enclosed for your review, along with any enclosures, if applicable.  Thank you.

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