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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What's the Illinois PAC Been Up To Lately?

Apparently, not very much, at least not in the area of OMA and FOIA.  The Illinois Attorney General's Office of the Public Access Counselor (PAC) has been pretty quiet so far this year - it's already February 5th, and we still haven't seen a binding opinion issued by that office on any Open Meetings or FOIA issue. Given the PAC's track record in issuing binding opinions that rule against public bodies in all but one case, maybe that's a good thing?

The PAC has prepared and made available on its website a summary of all binding opinions issued on Open Meetings complaints from 2010 to 2013.  As loyal readers know, there haven't been that many binding opinions on this topic - most of the binding opinions have addressed FOIA issues, not OMA.  But, the summary is a good resource for government bodies subject to OMA, and is categorized by topic (i.e., agenda, closed meetings, recording meetings, etc.).  You can access the OMA summary here.


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