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      5 ILCS 140/1              from Ch. 116, par. 201
          Amends  the  Freedom  of  Information  Act  by  making  a
      stylistic  change  to  the  Section  concerning   legislative
 1        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  Freedom  of  Information  Act by
 2    changing Section 1.
 3        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:
 5        Section  5.  The Freedom of Information Act is amended by
 6    changing Section 1 as follows:
 7        (5 ILCS 140/1) (from Ch. 116, par. 201)
 8        Sec. 1.  Legislative intent.  Pursuant to the fundamental
 9    philosophy of the American constitutional form of government,
10    it is declared to be  the  public  policy  of  the  State  of
11    Illinois  that  all persons are entitled to full and complete
12    information regarding  the  affairs  of  government  and  the
13    official  acts  and  policies  of those who represent them as
14    public officials and public  employees  consistent  with  the
15    terms  of  this  Act. That Such access is necessary to enable
16    the people to  fulfill  their  duties  of  discussing  public
17    issues  fully and freely, making informed political judgments
18    and  monitoring  government  to  ensure  that  it  is   being
19    conducted in the public interest.
20        This Act is not intended to be used to violate individual
21    privacy,  nor  for  the  purpose  of  furthering a commercial
22    enterprise, or to disrupt the  duly-undertaken  work  of  any
23    public  body  independent  of  the  fulfillment of any of the
24    fore-mentioned rights of the people to access to information.
25        This Act is not intended to create an obligation  on  the
26    part  of  any  public  body to maintain or prepare any public
27    record which was not maintained or prepared  by  such  public
28    body  at  the time when this Act becomes effective, except as
29    otherwise required by applicable local, State or federal law.
30        These restraints on information access should be seen  as
31    limited exceptions to the general rule that the people have a
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 1    right  to  know  the  decisions, policies, procedures, rules,
 2    standards, and other  aspects  of  government  activity  that
 3    affect  the conduct of government and the lives of any or all
 4    of the people.  The provisions of this Act shall be construed
 5    to this end.
 6        This Act shall be the exclusive State statute on  freedom
 7    of  information,  except  to  the  extent  that  other  State
 8    statutes  might  create additional restrictions on disclosure
 9    of  information  or  other  laws  in  Illinois  might  create
10    additional obligations for disclosure of information  to  the
11    public.
12    (Source: P.A. 83-1013.)

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