By Associated Press - Friday, March 4, 2016

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Requests for public records from the University of Illinois sharply increased the past two years amid a series of controversies.

University records indicate that in 2015 there were 1,003 requests under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. That was a 17 percent increase from 2014 and a 62 percent rise from 2013.

University spokesman Tom Hardy told The News-Gazette ( ) that public-records requests have increased “steadily and sharply.”

In 2015 the university’s Urbana-Champaign campus saw Chancellor Phyllis Wise resign following, among other things, her use of private emails to avoid public scrutiny of university business.

Football coach Tim Beckman and athletic director Mike Thomas were fired following allegations of mistreatment of athletes by some coaches.

About 60 percent of requests came from private individuals and 23 percent from news outlets.


Information from: The News-Gazette,

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