The Office of the Attorney General has ruled that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) improperly withheld information from NewsChannel 20.
In April, NewsChannel 20 asked DCFS for the “names of DCFS and private agency employees who had their Child Welfare employee Licenses revoked, suspended, or relinquished, or have pending charges filed in FY2018.”
We also asked for the charges they were or are currently facing, along with information describing any charges the employees may have faced since being licensed.
DCFS failed to give us the proper records.
The attorney general’s opinion is here. Pretty straight-forward stuff.
* The station asked the governor about the AG opinion today…
Well, I’m the first person to say that we want full transparency and make sure we’re revealing any information… We need to be as transparent as we possibly can be.
Yeah, except for the undisputed fact that his own agency deliberately withheld a list of alleged bad actors.
I’m not sure what the FOIA process entails these days, but during the previous administration the governor’s office was given a copy of every information request and was kept in the loop about what would be handed out and what would be withheld.