Open Meetings Act

Open Meetings Act
6:10 am
Mon December 24, 2012

State's Attorneys Defend Recent Meetings

Whiteside County's new State’s Attorney is defending a meeting of the County Board’s Democratic majority.  The meeting is being investigated by the Illinois attorney general following a complaint it violated the Open Meetings Act. The DeKalb State's Attorney has followed suit in a similar situation.

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Open Meetings Act
6:41 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Two Northern Illinois Counties Accused of Possible Meeting Violations

Meetings Under Review in Whiteside and DeKalb Counties

In Whiteside County, Sauk Valley Media is waiting to hear from the Illinois Attorney General’s office.  At issue--whether members of the county board violated the Open Meetings Act.  Late last month, members of the board allegedly threatened to call police when a reporter tried to cover a discussion over the selection of a new board chairman.  Members contend it was a caucus gathering, not a public meeting.

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Open Meetings Act
10:30 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Quinn signs law closing open-meetings loophole

Gov. Pat Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday to strengthen the Illinois Open Meetings Act by requiring that notice of public meetings and agendas are posted for two full days before the meeting.

“This law gives the public greater access to information and activities that impact their lives,” Quinn said. “Increasing government openness and accountability from the statewide level to the local level will make Illinois a stronger, more ethical state.”

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Local
2:34 am
Wed February 8, 2012

DeKalb City Clerk resignation rooted in Open Meetings Act

Former DeKalb City Clerk Steve Kapitan

 

DeKalb officials are trying to put a stop to speculation about why City Clerk Steve Kapitan resigned last Friday. The city manager and city attorney announced Tuesday that Kapitan voluntarily resigned from his elected post because he wasn’t able to keep up with duties related to the Open Meetings Act.

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