IL Government Transparency Advocates Denounce State FOIA Proposal

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and several good government and media groups are speaking out against a measure that they say would "significantly weaken" the state's freedom of information laws.

The state proposal, introduced as an amendment to SB 2799 last week by House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, "would expand the ability of a government body to withhold information from the public, and make it harder for citizens to use the legal system when a government body is violating transparency laws," according to a Monday news release from the Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG).

In addition to Illinois PIRG, other groups opposing the measure, which is expected to go before the Executive Committee on Monday, include the ACLU of Illinois, Better Government Association, Citizen Advocacy Center, Illinois Broadcasters Association and Illinois Press Association. Continue>>>