Thursday, February 18, 2010
Illinois Lawmakers Seek to Undo Last Year's FOI Progress
Last year, Illinois lawmakers strengthened the state's freedom of information laws. This year, there are already more than six proposals to undo some of last year's progress.
The State Journal-Register reports the amendments include increasing the amount of money agencies can charge for public records to making attorneys' fees awards optional in cases where the requester prevails.
Two bills already passed limit public access, including one to create an online database to locate buried bodies, which is exempt from public disclosure, and one that bars disclosure of the evaluations of teachers, administrators, and superintendents.
Read more about it here.