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Tue March 16, 2010
Shop Talk - March 16
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss the latest attempts to reverse changes to Illinois' Freedom of Information Act, which was recently updated.
The changes went into effect January 1. The Illinois Municipal League started complaining before the law took effect and is now lobbying lawmakers to alter the bill.
Among other things, the IML believes local governments should be allowed to ask someone why he/she is requesting a public document.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan does not support any plans to make changes. She says more time needs to pass to see if the new FOIA law works.
Other advocates point out the people pay for governments to collect and store information; therefore they should have access to it.