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updated: 8/30/2011 4:59 PM

Changing FOIA

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Gov. Pat Quinn's signing of House Bill 1716 amended the state's Freedom of Information Act laws in four areas.

• Creates "recurrent requesters" who submit more than seven requests in a week, 15 in a month or 50 in a year and allows government to delay responding to their FOIA requests.

• Allows government agencies to charge commercial entities for requests that consume significant time and resources.

• Ends pre-authorization from attorney general's office for governments wanting to withhold information they consider private.

• Ends pre-authorization from attorney general's office for governments wanting to withhold information they consider to be in "draft form."

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