The Better Government Association’s Andy Shaw helped the Chicago Headline Club kick off their first annual FOIA FEST on Monday, March 11.

The event was held in the Columbia College Chicago’s journalism school auditorium.

Watch a short clip of the event below.

FOIA is an acronym for the Freedom of Information Act.

FOIA is an open-government law grounded in the principle that the public should be able to access public records and information about the workings of their government.

Helpful Resources:

Instructions on how to file a FOIA in Illinois.

Sign up now to attend one the BGA’s FOIA clinics.


The Chicago Headline Club and Better Government Association have launched, a McCormick Foundation-funded initiative designed to provide a comprehensive resource for journalists, bloggers, community activists and others to effectively use the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Learn more…