I have a FOIA question involving the State of Illinois:
I was previously a police officer in Illinois for a suburban department and resigned on my own free will. I recently applied for another police officer position with a different department and was turned down due to the background investigation. They advised me that character references said negative things about me. I asked them about requesting the background investigation via FOIA and they advised me that all character reference statements are protected by FOIA and they would not release them if I filed for them, is this true?