Sad news today for transparency advocates in Chicago. We’ve just received word that the Center for Open Government, a legal support network based at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law that has provided FOIA support to since 2009, has lost funding for next year and is currently wrapping up operations.
The Center has been a valuable resource for Chicago journalists, independent investigators and advocates, especially in challenging closed government operations through the Illinois Open Meetings Act and using FOIA, and provided valuable legal assistance.
We’ve heard from a source that the center is now in the process of transferring and closing cases before they close their doors for good.
The Citizen Advocacy Center, a transparency nonprofit in suburban Elmhurst, can meet many of the needs served by the Center for Open Government, but it’s more than 15 miles at 182 N. York St.
We’ll update as we get more information. If you have a tip or want to share a success story from the Center, shoot us an email at email@example.com.