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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Open Meetings

New open-meetings law: is hard-copy posting of agendas still required? By Adam W. Lasker September 2012 Lawpulse, Page 458 A new law says Internet postings of meeting agendas fulfill the Open Meeting Act's 48-hour notice requirement - but governmental bodies still must post paper copies of agendas, the law's sponsor says.
New limits on FOIA “recurrent requesters” By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2011 Lawpulse, Page 434 New legislation would give governmental entities more time to respond to those who make numerous FOIA requests. A look at that and some Open Meetings Act changes.
Two Cheers for the New Illinois Freedom of Information Act By Alison K. Hayden February 2010 Article, Page 82 Revisions to Illinois' sunshine laws are designed to make public records more accessible. But will they work as intended?
New open government legislation By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 A bill awaiting the governor’s signature would make the promise of open records real for more people, supporters say.
E-Mail and the Open Meetings Act By John H. Brechin December 2006 Article, Page 666 Beginning in January, members of public bodies can attend by "electronic means" under some circumstances.or opines.
Bill would amend Open Meetings Act to address attendance by “electronic means” By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2006 Lawpulse, Page 398 Proposed legislation would allow public officials to attend meetings electronically under specified circumstances. 
Closing meetings: How “probable” must litigation be? By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2005 Lawpulse, Page 438 A recent case limits the threatened-litigation exception to the Open Meetings Act.
Verbatim-record provision to meeting law amended By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2004 Lawpulse, Page 450 The legislature amended the Open Meetings Act to clarify that verbatim recordings are accessible only in litigation over whether the public body violated the Act. Is the amendment too restrictive?
Public Bodies Must Keep Verbatim Records of Closed Meetings P.A. 93-0523 December 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 600 Beginning January 1, 2004, all public bodies must keep a verbatim record of all of their closed meetings in the form of an audio or video recording.
Is E-mail Subject to the Open Meetings Act? By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2002 Lawpulse, Page 448 Some e-mail exchanges between public board members might constitute meetings and thus implicate the Open Meetings Act.
A sizzling Rice soup for public officials? By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2002 Lawpulse, Page 226 Public bodies violate the Open Meetings Act by acting on items that didn't appear on the agenda, the fourth district ruled recently in Rice v Board of Trustees.