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Freedom of Information - Exclusions and Exemptions


Records that fall within an exempt category may be required to disclose that portion of the record containing non-exempt information.

Government officials and employees are well aware that the public has the right to access government information, but it is not always clear what information must be made available and what information should be kept confidential. Requests can be denied either expressly, for a variety of reasons or implicitly or by operation of the Act which treats any non-response within set time limits as a denial. This white paper reviews exclusions and exemptions provisions that more commonly occur in FOIA requests.



William W. P. Atkins

Johnson Bunce & Noble PC

  • Partner in the office of Johnson, Bunce & Noble PC
  • Previously Chief Civil Assistant State’s Attorney for Peoria County, Illinois
  • Previously Chief Civil Assistant State’s Attorney for Tazewell County, Illinois
  • Extensive experience advising and litigating concerning Freedom of Information Act issues and aspects of other Sunshine Laws
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops for groups such as the National District Attorneys Association, the Illinois Association of Purchasing Officials, The Illinois State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor, and the United Counties Council of Illinois, on numerous subjects, including Freedom of Information Act, Open Meetings Act, internet access to government records, ethical issues in government and various other topics
  • Member of the Federal Bar Association, Member of the Assembly of the Illinois Bar Association
  • J.D. degree, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 309-691-5690

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