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Section Newsletter Articles on Open Meetings Act

High-tech hits home: Can local government officials use electronic communication tools without violating the sunshine laws? By Alfred M. Swanson Jr. and Sharon L. Eiseman Local Government Law, February 2003 It is the public policy of this State that public bodies exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business and that the people have a right to be informed as to the conduct of their business.
Opening the Meetings Act to reality—abolishing the “Rule of Two” By Richard G. Flood and Stewart H. Diamond Administrative Law, October 2001 Currently the Act prohibits the exercise of free speech between elected officials on public bodies containing five or fewer members. This stifles creativity in solving public problems and inhibits debate and frank discussion of the issues. Officials cannot test their assumptions and data in advance of a public forum.
Statutory developments By Robert John Kane Administrative Law, January 1999 The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act (IAPA) (5 ILCS 100/1-1 et seq.) has been amended by three Public Acts.