From Sunshine Review:
A very important component of open government involves collaboration between governments and citizens. The purpose of transparency is so that citizens can play their role in holding governments accountable. Also, because governments need to answer to citizens because they work to serve our interests, it is proper that they involve us in key decisions.
That is why it is so important for public officials to reach out to citizens. On FOIAchat, Brian McDaniel from Will County, Illinois, is a shining example. Mr. McDaniel is the chief investment officer for Will County, one of the most populous counties in Illinois. Mr. McDaniel joins FOIAchat regularly, an online chat moderated by Sunshine Review that brings together professional journalists and citizens interested in governemnt transparency, and answers questions giving his professional perspective.