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Suburban Government Transparency Audit

July 11, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

As a transparency nerd, big projects like these are a dream come true. The Illinois Policy Institute released a roundup on the public accessibility of suburban government info yesterday, and it is thorough. It’s results? Troubling, to say the least. Three governments got a perfect score: Hanover Township, Kane County, […]

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Illinois Ranks In Top 3 For State Integrity Laws

July 17, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

…That’s the good news in the Better Government Association’s latest “Integrity Index” report. The bad news? Illinois scored a paltry 68.5 percent out of 100. Overall, not one state had an integrity index mark higher than 70 percent, and the national average was a meager 55 percent. Rhode Island had […]

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Springfield Changes FOIA Policy

August 1, 2013 FOIA Illinois 1

WICS News in Springfield reports that an investigation from the station titled “Ready, Set, Shred” has prompted the city to change its FOIA policies. WICS’s eight-week investigation found evidence that the city destroyed documents the same day it answered a FOIA request saying those documents didn’t exist. On Wednesday, WICS […]