(5 ILCS 140/9)
(from Ch. 116, par. 209)
(a) Each public body denying a request
for public records shall notify the requester in writing
of the decision to deny the request, the reasons for the denial, including a detailed factual basis for the application of any exemption claimed, and the names
and titles or positions
of each person responsible for the denial. Each notice of denial by a public
body shall also inform such person of the right to review by the Public Access Counselor and provide the address and phone number for the Public Access Counselor. Each notice of denial shall inform such person of his right to judicial review under
Section 11 of this Act.
(b) When a request for public records is denied on the grounds that the
records are exempt under Section 7 of this Act, the notice of denial shall
specify the exemption claimed to authorize the denial and the specific reasons for the denial, including a detailed factual basis and a citation to supporting legal authority.
all notices of denial shall be retained by each public body in a single
central office file that is open to the public and indexed according to
the type of exemption asserted and, to the extent feasible, according to
the types of records requested.
(c) Any person making a request for public records shall be deemed to have exhausted his or her administrative remedies with respect to that request if the public body fails to act within the time periods provided in Section 3 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-542, eff. 1-1-10.)