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Full Text of HB3343  97th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Freedom of Information Act is amended by
5changing Section 7 as follows:
6    (5 ILCS 140/7)  (from Ch. 116, par. 207)
7    Sec. 7. Exemptions.
8    (1) When a request is made to inspect or copy a public
9record that contains information that is exempt from disclosure
10under this Section, but also contains information that is not
11exempt from disclosure, the public body may elect to redact the
12information that is exempt. The public body shall make the
13remaining information available for inspection and copying.
14Subject to this requirement, the following shall be exempt from
15inspection and copying:
16        (a) Information specifically prohibited from
17    disclosure by federal or State law or rules and regulations
18    implementing federal or State law.
19        (b) Private information, unless disclosure is required
20    by another provision of this Act, a State or federal law or
21    a court order.
22        (b-5) Files, documents, and other data or databases
23    maintained by one or more law enforcement agencies and



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1    specifically designed to provide information to one or more
2    law enforcement agencies regarding the physical or mental
3    status of one or more individual subjects.
4        (c) Personal information contained within public
5    records, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly
6    unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, unless the
7    disclosure is consented to in writing by the individual
8    subjects of the information. "Unwarranted invasion of
9    personal privacy" means the disclosure of information that
10    is highly personal or objectionable to a reasonable person
11    and in which the subject's right to privacy outweighs any
12    legitimate public interest in obtaining the information.
13    The disclosure of information that bears on the public
14    duties of public employees and officials shall not be
15    considered an invasion of personal privacy.
16        (d) Records in the possession of any public body
17    created in the course of administrative enforcement
18    proceedings, and any law enforcement or correctional
19    agency for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent
20    that disclosure would:
21            (i) interfere with pending or actually and
22        reasonably contemplated law enforcement proceedings
23        conducted by any law enforcement or correctional
24        agency that is the recipient of the request;
25            (ii) interfere with active administrative
26        enforcement proceedings conducted by the public body



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1        that is the recipient of the request;
2            (iii) create a substantial likelihood that a
3        person will be deprived of a fair trial or an impartial
4        hearing;
5            (iv) unavoidably disclose the identity of a
6        confidential source, confidential information
7        furnished only by the confidential source, or persons
8        who file complaints with or provide information to
9        administrative, investigative, law enforcement, or
10        penal agencies; except that the identities of
11        witnesses to traffic accidents, traffic accident
12        reports, and rescue reports shall be provided by
13        agencies of local government, except when disclosure
14        would interfere with an active criminal investigation
15        conducted by the agency that is the recipient of the
16        request;
17            (v) disclose unique or specialized investigative
18        techniques other than those generally used and known or
19        disclose internal documents of correctional agencies
20        related to detection, observation or investigation of
21        incidents of crime or misconduct, and disclosure would
22        result in demonstrable harm to the agency or public
23        body that is the recipient of the request;
24            (vi) endanger the life or physical safety of law
25        enforcement personnel or any other person; or
26            (vii) obstruct an ongoing criminal investigation



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1        by the agency that is the recipient of the request.
2        (e) Records that relate to or affect the security of
3    correctional institutions and detention facilities.
4        (f) Preliminary drafts, notes, recommendations,
5    memoranda and other records in which opinions are
6    expressed, or policies or actions are formulated, except
7    that a specific record or relevant portion of a record
8    shall not be exempt when the record is publicly cited and
9    identified by the head of the public body. The exemption
10    provided in this paragraph (f) extends to all those records
11    of officers and agencies of the General Assembly that
12    pertain to the preparation of legislative documents.
13        (g) Trade secrets and commercial or financial
14    information obtained from a person or business where the
15    trade secrets or commercial or financial information are
16    furnished under a claim that they are proprietary,
17    privileged or confidential, and that disclosure of the
18    trade secrets or commercial or financial information would
19    cause competitive harm to the person or business, and only
20    insofar as the claim directly applies to the records
21    requested.
22        The information included under this exemption includes
23    all trade secrets and commercial or financial information
24    obtained by a public body, including a public pension fund,
25    from a private equity fund or a privately held company
26    within the investment portfolio of a private equity fund as



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1    a result of either investing or evaluating a potential
2    investment of public funds in a private equity fund. The
3    exemption contained in this item does not apply to the
4    aggregate financial performance information of a private
5    equity fund, nor to the identity of the fund's managers or
6    general partners. The exemption contained in this item does
7    not apply to the identity of a privately held company
8    within the investment portfolio of a private equity fund,
9    unless the disclosure of the identity of a privately held
10    company may cause competitive harm.
11        Nothing contained in this paragraph (g) shall be
12    construed to prevent a person or business from consenting
13    to disclosure.
14        (h) Proposals and bids for any contract, grant, or
15    agreement, including information which if it were
16    disclosed would frustrate procurement or give an advantage
17    to any person proposing to enter into a contractor
18    agreement with the body, until an award or final selection
19    is made. Information prepared by or for the body in
20    preparation of a bid solicitation shall be exempt until an
21    award or final selection is made.
22        (i) Valuable formulae, computer geographic systems,
23    designs, drawings and research data obtained or produced by
24    any public body when disclosure could reasonably be
25    expected to produce private gain or public loss. The
26    exemption for "computer geographic systems" provided in



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1    this paragraph (i) does not extend to requests made by news
2    media as defined in Section 2 of this Act when the
3    requested information is not otherwise exempt and the only
4    purpose of the request is to access and disseminate
5    information regarding the health, safety, welfare, or
6    legal rights of the general public.
7        (j) The following information pertaining to
8    educational matters:
9            (i) test questions, scoring keys and other
10        examination data used to administer an academic
11        examination;
12            (ii) information received by a primary or
13        secondary school, college, or university under its
14        procedures for the evaluation of faculty members by
15        their academic peers;
16            (iii) information concerning a school or
17        university's adjudication of student disciplinary
18        cases, but only to the extent that disclosure would
19        unavoidably reveal the identity of the student; and
20            (iv) course materials or research materials used
21        by faculty members.
22        (k) Architects' plans, engineers' technical
23    submissions, and other construction related technical
24    documents for projects not constructed or developed in
25    whole or in part with public funds and the same for
26    projects constructed or developed with public funds,



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1    including but not limited to power generating and
2    distribution stations and other transmission and
3    distribution facilities, water treatment facilities,
4    airport facilities, sport stadiums, convention centers,
5    and all government owned, operated, or occupied buildings,
6    but only to the extent that disclosure would compromise
7    security.
8        (l) Minutes of meetings of public bodies closed to the
9    public as provided in the Open Meetings Act until the
10    public body makes the minutes available to the public under
11    Section 2.06 of the Open Meetings Act.
12        (m) Communications between a public body and an
13    attorney or auditor representing the public body that would
14    not be subject to discovery in litigation, and materials
15    prepared or compiled by or for a public body in
16    anticipation of a criminal, civil or administrative
17    proceeding upon the request of an attorney advising the
18    public body, and materials prepared or compiled with
19    respect to internal audits of public bodies.
20        (n) Records relating to a public body's adjudication of
21    employee grievances or disciplinary cases; however, this
22    exemption shall not extend to the final outcome of cases in
23    which discipline is imposed.
24        (o) Administrative or technical information associated
25    with automated data processing operations, including but
26    not limited to software, operating protocols, computer



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1    program abstracts, file layouts, source listings, object
2    modules, load modules, user guides, documentation
3    pertaining to all logical and physical design of
4    computerized systems, employee manuals, and any other
5    information that, if disclosed, would jeopardize the
6    security of the system or its data or the security of
7    materials exempt under this Section.
8        (p) Records relating to collective negotiating matters
9    between public bodies and their employees or
10    representatives, except that any final contract or
11    agreement shall be subject to inspection and copying.
12        (q) Test questions, scoring keys, and other
13    examination data used to determine the qualifications of an
14    applicant for a license or employment.
15        (r) The records, documents, and information relating
16    to real estate purchase negotiations until those
17    negotiations have been completed or otherwise terminated.
18    With regard to a parcel involved in a pending or actually
19    and reasonably contemplated eminent domain proceeding
20    under the Eminent Domain Act, records, documents and
21    information relating to that parcel shall be exempt except
22    as may be allowed under discovery rules adopted by the
23    Illinois Supreme Court. The records, documents and
24    information relating to a real estate sale shall be exempt
25    until a sale is consummated.
26        (s) Any and all proprietary information and records



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1    related to the operation of an intergovernmental risk
2    management association or self-insurance pool or jointly
3    self-administered health and accident cooperative or pool.
4    Insurance or self insurance (including any
5    intergovernmental risk management association or self
6    insurance pool) claims, loss or risk management
7    information, records, data, advice or communications.
8        (t) Information contained in or related to
9    examination, operating, or condition reports prepared by,
10    on behalf of, or for the use of a public body responsible
11    for the regulation or supervision of financial
12    institutions or insurance companies, unless disclosure is
13    otherwise required by State law.
14        (u) Information that would disclose or might lead to
15    the disclosure of secret or confidential information,
16    codes, algorithms, programs, or private keys intended to be
17    used to create electronic or digital signatures under the
18    Electronic Commerce Security Act.
19        (v) Vulnerability assessments, security measures, and
20    response policies or plans that are designed to identify,
21    prevent, or respond to potential attacks upon a community's
22    population or systems, facilities, or installations, the
23    destruction or contamination of which would constitute a
24    clear and present danger to the health or safety of the
25    community, but only to the extent that disclosure could
26    reasonably be expected to jeopardize the effectiveness of



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1    the measures or the safety of the personnel who implement
2    them or the public. Information exempt under this item may
3    include such things as details pertaining to the
4    mobilization or deployment of personnel or equipment, to
5    the operation of communication systems or protocols, or to
6    tactical operations.
7        (w) (Blank).
8        (x) Maps and other records regarding the location or
9    security of generation, transmission, distribution,
10    storage, gathering, treatment, or switching facilities
11    owned by a utility, by a power generator, or by the
12    Illinois Power Agency.
13        (y) Information contained in or related to proposals,
14    bids, or negotiations related to electric power
15    procurement under Section 1-75 of the Illinois Power Agency
16    Act and Section 16-111.5 of the Public Utilities Act that
17    is determined to be confidential and proprietary by the
18    Illinois Power Agency or by the Illinois Commerce
19    Commission.
20        (z) Information about students exempted from
21    disclosure under Sections 10-20.38 or 34-18.29 of the
22    School Code, and information about undergraduate students
23    enrolled at an institution of higher education exempted
24    from disclosure under Section 25 of the Illinois Credit
25    Card Marketing Act of 2009.
26        (aa) Information the disclosure of which is exempted



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1    under the Viatical Settlements Act of 2009.
2        (bb) Records and information provided to a mortality
3    review team and records maintained by a mortality review
4    team appointed under the Department of Juvenile Justice
5    Mortality Review Team Act.
6        (cc) (bb) Information regarding interments,
7    entombments, or inurnments of human remains that are
8    submitted to the Cemetery Oversight Database under the
9    Cemetery Care Act or the Cemetery Oversight Act, whichever
10    is applicable.
11        (dd) The names, addresses, or other personal
12    information of persons who are minors and are also
13    participants and registrants in programs of park
14    districts, forest preserve districts, conservation
15    districts, recreation agencies, and special recreation
16    associations.
17        (ee) The names, addresses, or other personal
18    information of participants and registrants in programs of
19    park districts, forest preserve districts, conservation
20    districts, recreation agencies, and special recreation
21    associations where such programs are targeted primarily to
22    minors.
23    (2) A public record that is not in the possession of a
24public body but is in the possession of a party with whom the
25agency has contracted to perform a governmental function on
26behalf of the public body, and that directly relates to the



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1governmental function and is not otherwise exempt under this
2Act, shall be considered a public record of the public body,
3for purposes of this Act.
4    (3) This Section does not authorize withholding of
5information or limit the availability of records to the public,
6except as stated in this Section or otherwise provided in this
8(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07; 95-481, eff. 8-28-07;
995-941, eff. 8-29-08; 95-988, eff. 6-1-09; 96-261, eff. 1-1-10;
1096-328, eff. 8-11-09; 96-542, eff. 1-1-10; 96-558, eff. 1-1-10;
1196-736, eff. 7-1-10; 96-863, eff. 3-1-10; 96-1378, eff.
127-29-10; revised 9-2-10.)
13    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
14becoming law.