Effective January 1, 2012, subsection 1.05(b) of the Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/1.05(b)) requires that each elected or appointed member of a public body subject to the Open Meetings Act complete the electronic training curriculum developed and administered by the Illinois Attorney General's Public Access Counselor. Section 1.05 also requires that each public body member completing the training, file a copy of his or her certificate of completion with the public body which he or she serves. Public body members serving in office on January 1, 2012, must complete the training by December 31, 2012. Persons who become members of public bodies after January 1, 2012, must complete the training curriculum within 90 days of assuming office. School board members may satisfy the training requirements by completing a course offered by a school organization created under Article 23 of the School Code.
The Attorney General's Public Access Counselor's 2012 Open Meetings Act training is now available and may be accessed through the Attorney General's Web site: <http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/Default.aspx>. ■