Madigan: More lawyers devoted to FOIA

October 19, 2010

By BRUCE RUSHTON
THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER

        

Acknowledging a high work volume, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Monday she’s increased staffing in the division of her office that administers the state Freedom of Information Act.

During a meeting with The State Journal-Register editorial board, Madigan said she has nearly a dozen lawyers working full time on FOIA issues. In June, Madigan’s office said seven attorneys were assigned to the public-access counselor’s office, which referees FOIA disputes and has the power to issue binding opinions.

“I’ve got 11 full-time lawyers (in the public-access counselor’s office), which is really a stretch at this point, considering the budget of the (attorney general’s) office,” Madigan said. “We’ve pulled people from several different areas, in addition to new hires.”