The ACLU supports an open government that can be questioned and challenged by the general public. This check ensures that government is operating in a manner that is accountable, efficient, and fair. We played an important role in passing the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) in 1986, improving it in 2009, and resisting efforts to weaken it in many other years. We use the Illinois FOIA, and also the federal FOIA, to gather pertinent records from myriad government agencies on innumerable civil liberties issues, and often file lawsuits to enforce our records requests.
The Peoria Journal-Star published an investigative piece on the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement nationwide. The ACLU released a report in 2012 about how this... Continue reading
WBEZ has an in-depth piece on stop-and-frisk, a practice used by police departments that has been ruled unconstitutional in New York City, and has just recently come under scrutiny in... Continue reading