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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Suit In Illinois Seeks Access to Investgatory Records

An age-old tactic: close the investigation, then magically re-open it when someone asks for the records...

The Illinois State Police should release records of its investigations into claims that political interference undermined state probes of two pharmacies, the Chicago Tribune said in a lawsuit filed Monday.

State police officials said in October that the investigations were closed without prosecution, which means the files should be publicly available under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, the newspaper contends.

But in November -- after the Tribune asked for the files -- state police officials announced the investigations had been reopened and they refused to turn over the records, according to the suit filed in Sangamon County Circuit Court.

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