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Chicago Tribune v. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, ---F.3d--- No. 11-2066 (7th Cir.

Withholding information prohibited from disclosure by state or federal law

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Case: Chicago Tribune v. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, ---F.3d--- No. 11-2066 (7th Cir., May 24, 2012)
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Tribune sought to gain access to information regarding the identities and addresses of the parents of applicants to the University of Illinois. They submitted a request citing the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, which the University denied. The University cited an exemption allowing them to withhold information prohibited from disclosure by state or federal law as the reason for the denial. The court did not allow the case to proceed, stating that a federal court would not have subject-matter jurisdiction. Because the case was about interpreting the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, a state law of Illinois, the case would need to be heard by an Illinois State Court.

Jared Boyer, IASB Extern