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Steal This FOIA: How to report on victims compensation in your state

Steal This FOIA: How to report on victims compensation in your state

For Lakeidra Chavis’ “Aftershocks” series on the experience of surviving gun violence in Chicago, she looked at nearly 15,000 claims the state processed between 2015 and 2020 for victim compensation. Less than 4 in 10 applicants in Illinois received any reimbursement. That data, and much, were available thanks to public records requests, and in this guide Chavis’ share how she obtained, analyzed, and reported on this under-investigated issue.

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With Replica deal, Illinois planners will soon have in-depth traffic pattern data to guide decisions

With Replica deal, Illinois planners will soon have in-depth traffic pattern data to guide decisions

Residents and visitors of Illinois will soon become part of a statewide data analysis effort that will allow traffic planners to observe and study individual and group travel patterns within the state.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: Records show gender disparity in Congressional nominees, Chicago Police profiled citizens who spoke at board meetings, and an Oregon judge undercuts state public records law

This week’s FOIA round-up: Records show gender disparity in Congressional nominees, Chicago Police profiled citizens who spoke at board meetings, and an Oregon judge undercuts state public records law

In this week’s FOIA round-up, analysis shows that men still vastly outnumber women in Congressional nominations to service academies, the Chicago Tribune obtained documents revealing that Chicago Police Department has been compiling profiles on citizens who spoke at their monthly board meetings, and an Oregon judge’s recent ruling could have a disastrous impact on the state’s public records law.

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Private prisons face new challenges as states move to limit ICE operations

Private prisons face new challenges as states move to limit ICE operations

Last Friday, lawmakers made two major moves in challenging the use of privately-owned detention centers and prisons in the United States.

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This Week’s FOIA Round-Up: Justice Department releases second Mueller report and new records show officer who killed teen worried past supervisors

This Week’s FOIA Round-Up: Justice Department releases second Mueller report and new records show officer who killed teen worried past supervisors

In this week’s FOIA roundup, two FOIA lawsuits push the Justice Department to release a new version of the Mueller Report, records reveal that the Connecticut police officer who shot an unarmed teen last month had worried past supervisors, and an elected city clerk in Illinois sues his city over its own FOIA processes.

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