Park District Sued Over Request for Obama Center Information

The Coalition to Save Jackson Park has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Park District for violating the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Coalition is an organization that aims to address South Side community members’ concerns about the Obama Presidential Center before plans are finalized. The organization filed the suit after the Chicago Park…

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Requests for public records surge in Lake Forest

From Lake Forester:

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has made it possible for anyone to request records of all public entities such as municipalities, schools and park districts to bolster government transparency. How much time and money local entities spend on fulfilling FOIA requests, in some cases, has grown dramatically.

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Council meeting’s location rare occurrence

From Chillicothe Times-Bulletin:

The Chillicothe City Council meeting March 26 was a one-of-a-kind meeting due to a change of venue midstream, and it almost did not happen.

“One of the requirements of the Open Meetings Act is that the meeting be open to the public. Part of what that includes is that people who want to come to the meeting can actually get into the room and be at the meeting."

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