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Freedom of Information Act

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  • More than 200 dibs complaints in the first week of January

    More than 200 dibs complaints in the first week of January
    In the winter, Chicagoans complain about the slippery sidewalks, the snow plows not moving fast enough and freezing cold subzero temperatures. And of course, they complain about dibs. Some drivers believe that parking spot is theirs because they dug...
  • Downtown garage plans revised in Elmhurst

    Elmhurst officials have revised plans for a six-story mixed-use garage in the heart of the city's downtown to try to overcome an earlier rejection by the Planning and Zoning Commission. A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday night when city staff...
  • Lawmakers: Don't Vote For Crime Secrecy

    Lawmakers: Don't Vote For Crime Secrecy
    The General Assembly should reject the recommendations adopted last week by the Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know. If the legislature adopts the recommendations of this panel, of which I was a member, it will make it easier for...
  • Task Force Protects Victims, Open Records

    That dreadful day when a deranged young man in Newtown murdered the innocence of an entire state, he also assaulted one of our freedoms. Before that day, we all had the right to review whatever the state's law and justice authorities collected at murder...
  • Connections Smooth O'Garro's Cash Collection

    Some lethal emails revealed by The Courant last week interrupted the genial flow expected in the week ahead. Trouble grows in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's promiscuous grant-and-loan business. The public and federal criminal investigators are getting a look...
  • District 64 approves contract for new superintendent

    District 64 approves contract for new superintendent
    Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 approved a three-year contract for new Superintendent Laurie Heinz last week. While the decision to hire Heinz was unanimous, one school board member disagreed with her compensation package. "I'm 100 percent in...
  • Keep Power Of Information With The People

    On Nov. 22, 1963, bullets flew in Dallas, and tore into the head of John F. Kennedy. A citizen named Abraham Zapruder captured the killing on a "home movie" camera. The film had a complicated life, but in 2014, you can watch it on YouTube. You can watch...
  • Newtown Massacre Panel Hampered By Secrecy, Lack Of Funds

     Newtown Massacre Panel Hampered By Secrecy, Lack Of Funds
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's own Sandy Hook Advisory Commission isn't having any more luck than the general public and news outlets in obtaining information from state police investigators about the tragedy. The panel of experts that the governor appointed...
  • Winnetka's new village website includes fee calculator

    Winnetka's new village website includes fee calculator
    When Winnetka was looking for photographs for its new village website, it turned to the community and asked residents to submit their favorite images of the village as part of a photo contest. Megan Pierce, the assistant to the village manager, said...
  • Lining Up To Keep More Things Secret From The Public

    Well, no surprise here. Now that the General Assembly has needlessly weakened the state's Freedom of Information Act, a variety of interest groups want to carve out exemptions to the law for themselves. In a word, no. Bad idea. The public ought to be...
  • Repeal The Crime Secrecy Law

    Repeal The Crime Secrecy Law
    At the end of the last session of the General Assembly, lawmakers working in secret passed a bill needlessly limiting public access to crime scene media information — apparently because of a false rumor that a noted filmmaker was going to publish...
  • Remember Us? Your Constituents?

    Remember Us? Your Constituents?
    I’m not a news junkie. I’m a truth junkie and an information junkie. I want to know what I want to know. Edward Snowden broke the law and should go to jail, but I glad he did what he did. Information is power and it’s almost the only...