Illinois’ Attorney General says the Public Access Bureau is making progress on processing concerns about open records laws while a government watchdog group says one area needing focus is legislative leader transparency.
A report released Wednesday by Attorney General Lisa Madigan details more than 4,700 government open records disputes the public filed with the AG’s Public Access Bureau in 2015. The report says the bureau has cleared 85 percent of cases since 2010.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that the state’s legislative leaders claim exemption from open records requests. The Better Government Association’s Andy Shaw tells WMAY Springfield this is just one area of the Freedom of Information Act that needs tweaking, either by statute or by the courts. But, he says, it will be difficult.
This week is Sunshine Week, a time the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press sets aside to promote government transparency.