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Illinois First Amendment Center (NFOIC Affiliate)
Illinois Press Association
Dennis DeRossett, President and CEO
900 Community Drive
Springfield, IL 62703
Contact: Kate Richardson
Phone (217) 241-1300; Fax (217) 214-1301
Citizen Advocacy Center
182 N. York Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126-2715
Contact: Terry Pastika, Executive Director
Phone (630) 833-4080; Fax (630) 833-4083


Illinois Open Meetings Act I. T. 5 C. 120. §§ 1-7.5 et seq
Closed: Numerous exemptions including disciplinary reviews, wrongful death determinations and performance reviews.

Illinois Freedom of Information Act 5 I.L.C.S. 140 et. seq.
Exemptions: Numerous exemptions including personnel information, disciplinary actions and vulnerability assessments.




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Office of the Attorney General
Springfield Main Office
500 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone (217) 782-1090
TTY (217) 785-2771

Chicago Main Office
100 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Phone (312) 814-3000
TTY (312) 814-3374

Carbondale Main Office
1001 East Main Street
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone (618) 529-6400/6401
TTY (618) 529-6403

Illinois State Bar Association
424 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone (217) 525-1760 or (800) 252-8908



The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone (800) 336-4243 or (703) 807-2100
FOIA Letter Generator


Student Press Law Center
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone (703) 807-1904
Request Letter Generator



Media Law Handbook
prepared by the Fair Trial-Free Press Committee of the Illinois State Bar
Association. Springfield, IL: Illinois State Bar Association, 1993, 179 pages
Format: One-volume, looseleaf reference manual. 8 in.
Price: $7.50
Order from:
Public Affairs Department
Illinois State Bar
424 S. Second St.
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone (217) 525-1760

The volume includes chapters on the following topics: Illinois open meetings act, defamation, access to courts, reporters' privilege, right to privacy, the First Amendment and the media, Illinois criminal procedure, crimes and punishment, juvenile court and cameras in the court. It also includes a glossary of legal terms. The appendix includes the Associated Press Managing Editors Code of Ethics, the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics and the ASNE (American Society of News-paper Editors) Statement of Principles. The hand-book is an excellent reference for both journalists and media attorneys.

Mass Communication Law in Illinois
by James Tidwell, New Forums Press, Stillwater, OK, 1992, 106 pages
Format: Softcover, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 in.
Price: $10.95 plus $1.50 shipping
Order from:
New Forums Press
P.O. Box 876
Stillwater, OK 74076
Phone (405) 372-6158

Law and the Media in the Midwest: A Seven-State Handbook Covering Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
by John R. Finnegan, Sr. and Patricia A. Hirl. St. Paul, MN: Butterworth legal Publishers, 1984. 352 pages
Format: Reference manual. 9 1/2 in.
Order from: Used copies might be available from Amazon at the link above

Open Government Guide from the
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press