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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Ill. attorney general supports some exemptions

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who might be a candidate for governor in 2010, is trying to add muscle to the Public Access Bureau, which currently doesn't have much power to enforce public records laws, the Chicago Tribune reported. However, Madigan doesn't disagree with some of the controversial exemptions to the Illinois public records law. She supports the exemption of preliminary drafts and performance evaluations of public employees.
Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan created the Public Access Bureau in 2004 -- a first-ever effort in Illinois to help the public get a clearer picture of how state and local governments make decisions.

The office has trained and advised public officials on open meetings and open records issues. It also has helped mediate records disputes between citizens and government agencies, an effort she says has been stymied by a lack of teeth.

Madigan, a Democrat pondering a run for governor in 2010, says she wants to do more. Seizing upon the public outcry for change following the scandalous tenures of two successive governors, she is seeking more authority to settle records disputes and penalize public officials who violate the law.
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