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Thursday, January 24, 2013

HB 943 Would Expand Definition of Public Body under FOIA

A new bill was introduced today that would amend the Illinois Freedom of Information Act to expand the definition of "public body" to include "any association of units of local government or any not-for-profit corporation with membership consisting of units of local government."  If enacted, this legislation would require councils of government, municipal leagues, mayors and managers organizations, insurance risk pools, and various other associations comprised of local government members to comply with the Act. That means that these organizations and associations would have to appoint a FOIA officer to oversee the FOIA program for the association or organization and to respond to requests for public records as set out by the Act. 

We will keep an eye on this bill and let you know if any action is taken. You can read the bill here.


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