(Received: 03/16/2011, Posted: 03/19/2011)




The lawsuit filed on behalf of ISRA and its members on March 10, 2011, is moving forward with excellent results. After Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that her office believes that release of FOID information to the public is proper under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, the ISRA filed suit  in Peoria (10th Judicial District) seeking a temporary restraining order
preventing the release of names of FOID holders.

As previously reported, the temporary restraining order (TRO) was granted by judge Scott
Shore, who then  scheduled a status hearing for March 15th to set a date  set for hearing
arguments regarding the issuance of a preliminary injunction, since the TRO normally
expires in ten days.

Prior to his court appearance on behalf of  ISRA and the member plaintiffs, attorney Stanley
Tucker was notified of a letter sent to Attorney General Lisa Madigan that was signed by 12
(a majority) of the Illinois congressional delegation. The non-partisan letter requested
Lisa Madigan to rescind an attorney general directive issued to the Illinois State Police
that sided with the FOIA request made by the Associated Press’ representative that the
ISP release the names of FOID holders.

The latest court order extended the TRO indefinitely, until further order of court, and another
“status” hearing was scheduled for April 14th. The defendants may file pleadings requesting additional relief, but for now the privacy of law-abiding firearm owners and the interest of
public safety remain protected.

ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearm ownership.
For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding
Illinois firearm owners.