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Fellow Advocates,
I am enclosing a sample FOIA request that I recently filed and the ensuing front page headline article that resulted. We have found that using the FOIA is one of the best ways to get publicity. As a result of information garnered from FOIAs we have had articles in the WSJ, been quoted in NYTimes and much more. Also, newspapers are only too happy to do articles when you inform them that FOIA requests were denied. They have the same problems and therefore are keen on protecting the integrity of the "ACT"

Hope more of you will use it.

Violette King-Nursing Home Monitors- Illinois and Missouri
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                                               October 4, 2000
Freedom Of Information Act Officer
Coroner's Office
Madison County Illinois
157 N. Main
Edwardsvillle, IL 62002
      RE: Deaths of Nursing Home Residents
 Dear Sir/Madam,
 Pursuant to the "Freedom of Information Act" please furnish the following information: Coroner's sources of income excluding salary paid by Madison County.
In the last 28 years: (In the event information is not available for 28 years, please give the information for the last 10 years)
How many deaths of nursing home residents have been investigated each year?
Of these, how many occurred in the nursing home and how many in the hospital?
What policy and procedure was followed in investigating the deaths in the nursing home?
What policy and procedure was followed in investigating the deaths in the hospital?
How many of these investigations by the Coroner were turned over to the police for investigation?
How many were turned over to the States Attorney for investigation?
How many were turned over to the Illinois State Police for
investigation?
How many were turned over to the Medicare/Medicaid Fraud unit for investigation?
How many autopsies were performed?
 If any of this information is not made available to me, please cite the law that makes it unavailable. Please provide this information within 7 working days as the law requires.
Sincerely,

Violette King

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