WIUM Tristates Public Radio

Shop Talk - August 18

Macomb, IL – The panelists talk about the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on August 18 to strengthen FOIA.

The measure rewrites FOIA to give the attorney general's office authority to decide disputes between governmental bodies and those requesting information.

The bill also creates a permanent public access counselor to oversee enforcement of FOIA, it stiffens fines for noncompliance, it allows fewer exemptions to the act, and shortens the time for governments to respond to requests.

Quinn signed the bill without making any changes to it. The new rules go into effect January 1.