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Articles on Open Meetings

Coming soon: Chicago Transit Board’s open meetings will be viewable online

March
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
Section 23 of the Metropolitan Transit Authority Act now provides that open meetings of the Chicago Transit Board will be viewable by the public in real-time on the Board's website.

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.

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