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Read the Illinois Supreme Court opinion Zachary Donaldson et. al. v Central Illinois Public Service Company (CIPS) et. al.
Read the 5th District Illinois Appellate court opinion:
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) tried to prevent the public from accessing the Cancer Registry, that was intended to help citizens investigate the association of hazardous waste sites with outbreaks of cancer epidemics. IDPH violated the statute which created the Cancer Registry, which explicitly states that the data is to be made available to the public.
The Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health was held in contempt of court for his refusal to turn over the Illinois State Cancer, which resulted in an appellate court decision May v. Central Illinois Service Company.
After that decision, IDPH continued to deny access to the Cancer Registry when a reporter requested the same information. This resulted in a second appellate decision involving the same issue Southern Illinoisan v. Department of Public Health.