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The Public Access Counselor (“PAC”) recently provided clarification of a difficult issue: the release of records involving juveniles. The PAC issued a binding opinion where it found that a Village did not violate the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) by withholding police reports involving both an adult arrestee and a minor arrestee in response to a FOIA request. 2023 PAC 76670. The Village cited the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (“JCA”) when it denied certain records and withheld the reports in their entirety. The JCA protects the confidentiality of juvenile law enforcement and municipal ordinance violation

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