Docket No. 107139.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
MARK O. STERN, Appellant, v. WHEATON-WARRENVILLE
COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 200, Appellee.
Opinion filed May 21, 2009.
CHIEF JUSTICE FITZGERALD delivered the judgment of the
court, with opinion.
Justices Freeman, Thomas, Kilbride, Garman, Karmeier, and
Burke concurred in the judgment and opinion.
The principal issue in this appeal is whether a school
superintendent’s employment contract is exempt from disclosure
under section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA or Act) (5
ILCS 140/7 (West 2006)). We hold that it is not exempt from
disclosure, and affirm in part and vacate in part the judgment of the
appellate court (384 Ill. App. 3d 615), and remand for further
On January 26, 2006, plaintiff, Mark Stern, a resident of
Wheaton, Illinois, submitted a FOIA request to defendant, Wheaton-