Illinois opinion sides with AP on Gov. Rauner calendars

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois attorney general has ruled in favor of The Associated Press in a dispute over release of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s daily appointment calendars.

The state’s public access counselor issued an opinion Wednesday that Rauner’s office is withholding too much information from the schedules compiled for the Republican governor. It says that AP correctly argues that Rauner’s staff improperly used exemptions under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act to keep his whereabouts and activities secret.

Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Assistant public access counselor Joshua Jones dismissed the Rauner administration argument that the calendars are not even public records.

The decision also applies to calendars of Rauner chief of staff Mike Zolnierowicz.