On August 26th, 2011, Governor Quinn approved a new bill that adds a new category to the Freedom of Information Act. The bill "establishes procedures that public bodies are to use in responding to requests from recurrent requesters."*
A recurrent requestor is a person that submits a request to the same public body "a minimum of 50 requests for records, a minimum of 15 requests for records within a 30-day period, or a minimum of 7 requests for records within a 7-day period"*, all within 12 months.
Less than one month after Governor Quinn signed the ‘Recurrent Requester’ provision of FOIA, public bodies are invoking it to punish civic participants, as shown in this letter. They combined the number of requests of a husband and wife to say that they are recurrent requesters, and denied their FOIA request.
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