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Full Text of SB2085  97th General Assembly




State of Illinois
2011 and 2012


Introduced 2/10/2011, by Sen. Pamela J. Althoff


5 ILCS 140/2  from Ch. 116, par. 202

    Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning definitions.

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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 2 as follows:
6    (5 ILCS 140/2)  (from Ch. 116, par. 202)
7    Sec. 2. Definitions. As used in this Act:
8    (a) "Public body" means all legislative, executive,
9administrative, or advisory bodies of the the State, state
10universities and colleges, counties, townships, cities,
11villages, incorporated towns, school districts and all other
12municipal corporations, boards, bureaus, committees, or
13commissions of this State, any subsidiary bodies of any of the
14foregoing including but not limited to committees and
15subcommittees thereof, and a School Finance Authority created
16under Article 1E of the School Code. "Public body" does not
17include a child death review team or the Illinois Child Death
18Review Teams Executive Council established under the Child
19Death Review Team Act.
20    (b) "Person" means any individual, corporation,
21partnership, firm, organization or association, acting
22individually or as a group.
23    (c) "Public records" means all records, reports, forms,



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1writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps,
2photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic
3data processing records, electronic communications, recorded
4information and all other documentary materials pertaining to
5the transaction of public business, regardless of physical form
6or characteristics, having been prepared by or for, or having
7been or being used by, received by, in the possession of, or
8under the control of any public body.
9    (c-5) "Private information" means unique identifiers,
10including a person's social security number, driver's license
11number, employee identification number, biometric identifiers,
12personal financial information, passwords or other access
13codes, medical records, home or personal telephone numbers, and
14personal email addresses. Private information also includes
15home address and personal license plates, except as otherwise
16provided by law or when compiled without possibility of
17attribution to any person.
18    (c-10) "Commercial purpose" means the use of any part of a
19public record or records, or information derived from public
20records, in any form for sale, resale, or solicitation or
21advertisement for sales or services. For purposes of this
22definition, requests made by news media and non-profit,
23scientific, or academic organizations shall not be considered
24to be made for a "commercial purpose" when the principal
25purpose of the request is (i) to access and disseminate
26information concerning news and current or passing events, (ii)



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1for articles of opinion or features of interest to the public,
2or (iii) for the purpose of academic, scientific, or public
3research or education.
4    (d) "Copying" means the reproduction of any public record
5by means of any photographic, electronic, mechanical or other
6process, device or means now known or hereafter developed and
7available to the public body.
8    (e) "Head of the public body" means the president, mayor,
9chairman, presiding officer, director, superintendent,
10manager, supervisor or individual otherwise holding primary
11executive and administrative authority for the public body, or
12such person's duly authorized designee.
13    (f) "News media" means a newspaper or other periodical
14issued at regular intervals whether in print or electronic
15format, a news service whether in print or electronic format, a
16radio station, a television station, a television network, a
17community antenna television service, or a person or
18corporation engaged in making news reels or other motion
19picture news for public showing.
20(Source: P.A. 96-261, eff. 1-1-10; 96-542, eff. 1-1-10;
2196-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)