By BRUCE RUSHTON
THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
While public-records cases pile up, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan rarely uses her authority to order records disclosed under the state Freedom of Information Act.
Under the law, anyone who is denied a record by a public body can sue or ask the attorney general for help. The law sets a 60-day deadline for the attorney general to order records turned over via binding opinions, which can be overturned only by a judge. It is, at least in theory, a way for citizens to get public records without hiring lawyers.