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Section Newsletter Articles on Open Meetings Act

E-mail use—When does it constitute a meeting? By John H. Brechin Local Government Law, January 2007 Public Act 94-1058 effective January 1, 2007, amends the Open Meetings Act and specifically authorizes members of a public body to attend meetings of that public body without being physically present at the sight of the meeting.
Chair’s Column: The Illinois Open Meetings Act goes electronic By James W. Chipman Administrative Law, September 2006 Thanks to revisions over the last two legislative sessions, the Illinois Open Meetings Act has joined the electronic age.
New amendments to the Open Meetings Act require Web site posting By Galen T. Caldwell Government Lawyers, September 2005 Public Act 94-028, effective January 1, 2006, amends the Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/1 et seq.) to require that: (1) notices; (2) agendas; and (3) minutes of regular meetings of a public body be posted on the public body’s Web site.
Recent case By Paul E. Freehling Administrative Law, September 2005 The recent Fourth District opinion in Henry v. Anderson, No. 04-04-0867 (Apr. 18, 2005), is a rare example of an appellate court ruling that Section 2a of the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/2a, was violated. 
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 Administrative Law, July 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
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 Government Lawyers, May 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.
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.