Ill. bill would require additional transparency at private university police departments

A proposed amendment to the Private College Campus Police Act would require campus police departments at private universities, including at the University of Chicago, to publicly disclose any information that other law enforcement agencies are required to provide under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Western Illinois U. editor reinstated after suspension for freelancing video of campus brawl

Administrators at Western Illinois University lifted the student newspaper editor’s suspension Monday — nearly two weeks after they removed him from his job because he sold a video of campus police officers’ response to a fight.

Administrators at Western Illinois U. suspend student editor from student newspaper for selling video of campus riot

The university's vice president for student services said the student reporter violated several sections of the student conduct code, including “committing acts of dishonesty” by representing the newspaper “without the explicit prior consent of the officials of that group.”

Student journalists not part of ‘working press’ barred from Ill. gubernatorial candidate’s press conference on medical marijuana

A press representative for Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, told the Columbia College students and their professor, Curtis Lawrence, that the press conference on medical marijuana was open only to the “working press.” Rauner, who is running against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, would not talk to the students, either.

Chicago Public Schools failed to respond to public records requests in a 'timely manner,' lawsuit alleges

The Better Government Association, a non-profit government watchdog group, and the NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV, filed the suit on Sept. 5 in Cook County Circuit Court after the school district “willfully and intentionally violated FOIA by failing to respond to FOIA Requests.”