Editorial: ‘Working groups’ an affront to Illinois open government

Everyone in Springfield seems to know how to spell “transparency,” but hardly anyone seems to know what the word means.

That sad fact recently reared its head when officials in Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration said they wouldn't reveal who is involved in a series of high-level talks about some of the governor's most prized pet issues, ranging from his controversial plan to allow local right-to-work zones to an overhaul of state spending.

"They are private meetings," Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly told Kurt Erickson of the Lee Enterprises' Springfield Bureau. "They are private discussions that we're keeping confidential to protect the process." Continue>>>