In 2018, a requester submitted a FOIA request to the Illinois
State Police (ISP) seeking records regarding his FOID card, including his
application, any application denials, and other documents containing
information that would have made the requestor ineligible for a FOID card. ISP
denied the request in its entirety, citing section 7.5(v) of 
FOIA, which
exempts from disclosure the names and information of people who have applied
for FOID cards. After the requestor sued claiming that ISP violated FOIA by denying
his request, the circuit court ruled in favor of the requester and ordered ISP
to disclose the responsive FOID card records, finding that ISP improperly
denied the FOIA request pursuant to FOIA exemption 7.5(v), because that
exemption does not apply to persons seeking their own FOID card information.

ISP appealed, and an Illinois Appellate Court reversed the circuit court, finding in favor of the ISP in Woosley v. Illinois State PoliceThe Appellate Court determined that FOIA prohibits ISP from disclosing FOID card information to the requester. The Appellate Court cited to a 2023 Illinois Supreme Court case (Hart
v. Illinois State Police
, which we previously
reported on), where the Supreme Court held that section 7.5(v) of 
FOIA is a blanket
exemption prohibiting the disclosure of all FOID card information under FOIA, even to an individual seeking his or her own FOID card information.

Post Authored by Eugene Bolotnikov, Ancel Glink