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A bill protecting high school journalists' independence, and shielding their advisers against retaliation, needs only a concurring House vote to reach Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.
Students in Illinois high schools and their advisers will have heightened legal protection against censorship and retaliation, if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a bill that cleared the Illinois legislature just hours before its 2016 session adjourned.
An Illinois appellate court has affirmed a circuit court ruling that the Illinois High School Association, which oversees public high school athletics, is exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests.
Illinois becomes the tenth state with a statute protecting the independence of student journalists, joining a growing nationwide movement that began with passage of the New Voices of North Dakota Act in 2015.
A high school paper was confiscated by administrators who disapproved of two articles exploring why students smoke marijuana. Now they've published a revised version of the stories.
If you're curious how much Southern Utah University pays its president ($281,513 in base salary) or head basketball coach ($206,628), that's long been accessible with a few keystrokes.
Remember that iconic scene in "All the President's Men" where hours tick by at the Library of Congress as reporters Woodward and Bernstein flip through mounting piles of index cards, each one memorializing a book requested by the White House?
Chances are if Post reporters need that same information today, it's kept in an Excel spreadsheet that can be sorted, searched and alphabetized in a matter of seconds.
Electronic databases are making it possible for journalists to analyze and present information that previously would have overwhelmed the limits of human patience.
The public is entitled to know what city council members are talking about during meetings. Even when their thumbs are doing the talking.
That's the takeaway from a new ruling from an Illinois court, which affirms that messages exchanged by government officials -- even on their personal cellphones -- are public records that must be produced on request.
In City of Champaign v.
Next to waiting for the cable TV installer, there's not much more irritating for us first-worlders than waiting for the public records that never come.
Many state open-records laws require an agency to respond to a request for public documents within three, five or 10 days.
Media outlets cited a 2014 law and misinterpreted the year-old law and a recent amendment to the Illinois school code, said Josh Sharp, the director of government affairs for the Illinois Press Association.
The professor who was fired over his personal tweets criticizing Israel has sued the university on the basis of his free speech and due process rights.
Hugh Hefner has pledged $37,500 to his alma mater high school newspaper, which was recently involved in a censorship battle with the school principal.
After unanimously passing the Illinois House, a student-press-rights bill ran into skeptical questioning during a testy Senate committee hearing and may be amended to satisfy critics.
The Illinois Supreme Court upheld lower courts’ rulings that a non-profit school athletic organization is not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.