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June 23, 2024

Watchdogs Sue The Illinois Department Of Public Health For Public records –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On April 22, 2021

Chicago, IL. (ECWd) –

Kirk Allen and the Edgar County Watchdogs have filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court alleging that the Illinois Department of Public Health has violated the Freedom Of Information Act.

Kirk Allen had requested public records related to the IDPH’s COVID-19 data published in a webinar, consisting of the data located in the pie chart on page 13 of that document.

IDPH responded by extending their time to comply with the FOIA request.

IDPH failed to provide any of the requested public records.

Almost 6 months have passed since the original FOIA was sent.

Read the complaint below:

Cook county complaint with exhibits._Redacted


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  • Murfalini
    Posted at 21:55h, 22 April Reply

    It is the law, there to protect us. Give up the info, or pay dearly.

  • Chris
    Posted at 06:08h, 23 April Reply

    Glad to see someone is willing to hold them accountable, not like the rollover media would.

  • cynthia s
    Posted at 07:21h, 23 April Reply

    Good. The watch dogs are the only resource we have to protect the people in Illinois with their knowledge and understanding of the law and FOIA. This just shows us the corruption in the state of Illinois.

  • Mags
    Posted at 08:01h, 23 April Reply

    Unfortunately nothing happens to our Government employees who violate FOIA and open Meetings Act. Until violators of the law start going to jail this will continue.

    No accountability. No Transparency. Always ask yourself – What are they hiding?

  • jannie
    Posted at 09:08h, 23 April Reply

    I hoee the poster who said they hoped they paid deary — remember this is a public body so we the taxpayer pay.

  • kathiann
    Posted at 09:58h, 23 April Reply

    You go guys! You are leading the way in reformation of Illinois government. Of course they have violated it and so has the governor who refuses to give out his sources he has been making all his one man Covid rules for the last year. That should tell us those so-called “sources” may not exist. It sure has looked like they were making it up as they went along. My experience with government board meetings is, if they can hide it, they will. Very few want true transparency. And they determine what the public is allowed to know.

  • PK
    Posted at 11:33h, 23 April Reply

    As far as I’m concerned, having to file a FOIA for pertinent public health information makes the department’s director look less competent and less likeable. The initial time extension and failure to follow-through also gives rise to question the veracity of the information after the court orders it to be released.

    Excellent choice of venue!

  • Jackie Hundley
    Posted at 16:06h, 13 June Reply

    This is nothing new. The worthless IDPH has a long history of willful non-compliance. IDPH willful non-compliance goes back to 2006 at least. The IDPH will never comply. I would love to be wrong. Good luck. Watchdog has my support.

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