Illinois: Keeping public contracts secret

A Sangamon County judge has rejected a plea from a Massachusetts company that claims that requests for the company’s contracts with more than a dozen Illinois school districts are harming business and damaging the company’s reputation.

Lawyers for Ameresco had argued that requests under the state Freedom of Information Act for contracts should be barred, even though the contracts had been discussed and approved by school boards during public meetings. Ameresco has contracts with scores of public agencies across the United States that have paid the company to perform work aimed at reducing energy costs.  Continue>>>