Headline Club to Quinn: Don’t further limit FOIA

The Chicago Headline Club today urged Gov. Pat  Quinn to veto HB 3976, which sets new limits on the Freedom of Information Act.

The Headline Club’s statement says:

The Chicago Headline Club is dismayed by the quick action taken by the Illinois legislature on HB 3796, which puts new limitations on the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

In essence, the bill, if signed by Gov. Pat Quinn, “…adds provisions to the Freedom of Information Act to create a category of requests called “Voluminous Requests.” This is in addition to the other provisions in the FOIA that enable public bodies to negotiate FOIA requests, which are the recurrent requester provision and the unduly burdensome provision.

What it does is add another barrier that blocks transparency by public agencies.

The Chicago Headline Club urges Gov. Quinn to veto the measure so that Illinois residents can have open access to public records and proceedings at open meetings.

“This bill does little to enhance and preserve transparency by public agencies,” Fernando Diaz, president of the Chicago Headline Club, said. “It is imperative that Gov. Quinn maintain a posture of open and transparent government by vetoing this bill.”