First Amendment Initiatives


FOIA center

During investigations, MJP frequently submits Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain public records. MJP has made the explanatory guide and sample letter below publicly available as a resource for citizens and journalists alike.

Guide to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act

Sample Illinois FOIA letter

To read stories The Medill Justice Project wrote about fighting for the First Amendment, click the following links:

The Story Behind the Story (Society of Professional Journalists honored MJP’s investigation with the Sunshine Award, given to those who have made notable contributions to open government.)

Illinois Attorney General Challenges Medill Innocence Project’s Access to Infant’s Medical Records

Judge Bars Access to Infant’s Medical Records

Medill Innocence Project Seeks Police Records From ’94 Case

Update: FOIA Fight

Federal Judge Opens Infant’s Records in Response to Medill Justice Project

Illinois Prisons Allow Medill Justice Project to Record Video of Prisoners for First Time

Key Medical Evidence Turned Over in Shaken-Baby Syndrome Case

Judge Lifts Ban on Releasing Records From ’94 Case Sought by Medill Justice Project

Illinois Attorney General Orders Release of Records From ’94 Case