Residents can go online to find out when a neighbor's home is being foreclosed on, if a business down the block has applied for a liquor license and how a local government proposes to spend their tax dollars.
Indiana received high marks Wednesday for state government transparency from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, but that's not the only good news. Transparency will be improved further because of state legislation approved this year to add penalties to the state's public access laws.
To gain and maintain the trust of the public, government must be open and transparent in the way it conducts the public's business. If government officials huddle behind closed doors or refuse to release public records, they won't enjoy the public's trust. And trust is a necessity to govern.
SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Legislature might make the state's Freedom of Information Act less open.
Glenwood officials are considering whether to publish a list of those who request public information. This is an attempt to punish those who make the requests.
Sunshine Week is a perfect time to examine the state of public access to government. Unfortunately, too many public officials remain opaque when it comes to government transparency.
SPRINGFIELD | Open government is under attack according to open-government advocates.
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