- Associated Press - Sunday, May 4, 2014

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Suburban Chicago officials say they’re fielding an increasing number of freedom of information requests.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/1hpzhTQ ) surveyed 55 suburban Chicago municipalities about the open records requests. Seventeen reported a 25 percent increase between 2011 and 2013. Four communities, including Aurora, reported increases of at least 50 percent.

City officials say most of the requests are filed by citizens who want police reports or information about their neighbors or their own homes.

In Rolling Meadows, City Clerk Ginny Cotugno says requests have tripled in five years. Most of them are for police-related reports.

Brian Day is an attorney with the Illinois Municipal League.

He said a 2010 revision to the state’s open records laws made more information available, which may account for the increase in requests.

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Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com