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Monday, February 09, 2009

AG urges new Ill. gov. to review previous FOIA denials

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked Gov. Pat Quinn to issue an executive order promoting compliance with the state's Freedom of Information Act. Her requests also include the creation of a point person on open meetings and records issues in each state agency and mandatory training for those individuals by her office. She also asked for a review of all open records denials made by the Blagojevich's administration since January 2003.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich's removal from office signals a new direction for how open records issues are handled in state government.

But will it be more cooperation or antagonism? Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants new Gov. Pat Quinn to set a tone of openness right away.

Madigan sent Quinn a letter on his first day in office urging him to issue an executive order making open records access a priority. He should appoint special staffers to oversee records requests and review scores of denials by the Blagojevich administration to see if violations occurred, Madigan said.

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