Property Mainframe Systems

Forest Gregg filed this request with the Cook County Bureau Of Technology of the United States of America.
Tracking #

18-500

Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Forest Gregg


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Please provide the source code for the system or systems used to calculate tax extensions.

This requests follows up on an May 5, 2018 FOIA request to the Cook County Clerk. https://www.muckrock.com/foi/cook-county-365/property-mainframe-systems-53184/

The Clerk's office responded with this information:

> The Clerk does not have source code that was written by the Bureau of Technology to perform tasks required by the Clerk in calculating tax rates. Any such code is held by the
> County's Bureau of Technology. Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act we are unable to produce responsive documents to your request.

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,

Forest Gregg

From: Cook County Bureau Of Technology

May 25, 2018

Forest Gregg
Email: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Dear Mr. Gregg,

The Office of the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners is in receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (the "Act").

On Friday, May 18, 2018, you requested "Please provide the source code for the system or systems used to calculate tax extensions."

Under the Act, a public body may extend the time to respond to a request by up to five (5) business days for a limited number of reasons. 5 ILCS 140/3(e). We are extending the time to respond to your requests by five (5) business days because there is a need for consultation, which shall be conducted with all practicable speed, among two or more components of a public body having a substantial interest in the subject matter of the request. 5 ILCS 140/3(e)(vii).

Please note that Monday, May 28, 2018 is a Cook County Holiday. We will respond to your request by Monday, June 4, 2018.

Thank you for your patience.

Rachel

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Rachel Dailey
Administrative Assistant V
Aide to Legal and Government Affairs | Office of the President
69 W. Washington, Suite 1415 | Chicago, IL 60602
(O) 312-603-0002
Rachel.Dailey@cookcountyil.gov<mailto:Rachel.Dailey@cookcountyil.gov>

PRIVILEGE AND CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail transmission, including all attachments, is confidential information belonging to the sender and the intended recipient, may be protected by the attorney-client privilege or attorney work product privilege, and may constitute non-public pre-decisional FOIA exempt information. This information is ONLY for the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any unauthorized use, disclosure, distribution (electronic or otherwise), copying or the taking of any action in reliance on this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please immediately notify the sender of receipt of the e-mail and then destroy all copies (electronic or otherwise) of the transmission and attachments. Receipt by an unintended recipient does not waive attorney-client privilege, attorney work product privilege or any other legal exemption from disclosure.)

From: Cook County Bureau Of Technology

June 4, 2018

Forest Gregg
Email: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Dear Mr. Gregg,

The Office of the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners is in receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (the "Act").

On Friday, May 18, 2018, you requested "Please provide the source code for the system or systems used to calculate tax extensions."

Please be advised that we are still gathering information responsive to your request. Pursuant to section 3(e) of the Act, we are seeking an additional extension of five business days and will respond by Monday, June 11, 2018.

Please let me know if that is acceptable to you.

Thank you,
Rachel

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Rachel Dailey
Administrative Assistant V
Aide to Legal and Government Affairs | Office of the President
69 W. Washington, Suite 1415 | Chicago, IL 60602
(O) 312-603-0002
Rachel.Dailey@cookcountyil.gov<mailto:Rachel.Dailey@cookcountyil.gov>

PRIVILEGE AND CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail transmission, including all attachments, is confidential information belonging to the sender and the intended recipient, may be protected by the attorney-client privilege or attorney work product privilege, and may constitute non-public pre-decisional FOIA exempt information. This information is ONLY for the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any unauthorized use, disclosure, distribution (electronic or otherwise), copying or the taking of any action in reliance on this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please immediately notify the sender of receipt of the e-mail and then destroy all copies (electronic or otherwise) of the transmission and attachments. Receipt by an unintended recipient does not waive attorney-client privilege, attorney work product privilege or any other legal exemption from disclosure.)

From: Forest Gregg

I'm happy to grant this extension, thank you.

From: Cook County Bureau Of Technology

June 11, 2018

Forest Gregg
Email: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Dear Mr. Gregg,

The Office of the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners is in receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (the "Act").

On Friday, May 18, 2018, you requested "Please provide the source code for the system or systems used to calculate tax extensions."

Please be advised that your request is denied under sections 7(1)(i) and 7(1)(o) of the Act. Section 7(1)(i) exempts from disclosure "[v]aluable formulae, computer geographic systems, designs, drawings and research data obtained or produced by any public body when disclosure could reasonably be expected to produce private gain or public loss." 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(i). Section 7(1)(o) exempts from disclosure "Administrative or technical information associated with automated data processing operations, including but not limited to software, operating protocols, computer program abstracts, file layouts, source listings, object modules, load modules, user guides, documentation pertaining to all logical and physical design of computerized systems, employee manuals, and any other information that, if disclosed, would jeopardize the security of the system or its data or the security of materials exempt under this Section." 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(o). Thus, pursuant to sections 7(1)(i) and 7(1)(o) of the Act, the code used to calculate tax extensions is exempt from disclosure and will not be provided.

Pursuant to section 9 of FOIA, please note that the undersigned is responsible for this denial. You have a right to have the denial of your request reviewed by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. 5 ILCS 140/9.5(a). You can file your Request for Review with the PAC by writing to:

Public Access Counselor

Office of the Attorney General

500 South 2nd Street

Springfield, Illinois 62706

Fax: (217) 782-1396

E-mail: publicaccess@atg.state.il.us<mailto: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 hard copies of your original FOIA requests and this denial letter when filing a Request for Review with the PAC.

Thank you,
Rachel

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Rachel Dailey
Administrative Assistant V
Aide to Legal and Government Affairs | Office of the President
69 W. Washington, Suite 1415 | Chicago, IL 60602
(O) 312-603-0002
Rachel.Dailey@cookcountyil.gov<mailto:Rachel.Dailey@cookcountyil.gov>

PRIVILEGE AND CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail transmission, including all attachments, is confidential information belonging to the sender and the intended recipient, may be protected by the attorney-client privilege or attorney work product privilege, and may constitute non-public pre-decisional FOIA exempt information. This information is ONLY for the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any unauthorized use, disclosure, distribution (electronic or otherwise), copying or the taking of any action in reliance on this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please immediately notify the sender of receipt of the e-mail and then destroy all copies (electronic or otherwise) of the transmission and attachments. Receipt by an unintended recipient does not waive attorney-client privilege, attorney work product privilege or any other legal exemption from disclosure.)

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