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GUEST COMMENTARY: Why government openness matters

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why government openness matters

One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that al-Qaeda posed, but because the agencies charged with our safety did not share what they…

August 29, 2014 4:48 pm

Newspaper association launches government-transparency tool

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.

August 30, 2013 1:30 pm
EDITORIAL: Indiana public access laws close to gaining teeth

EDITORIAL: Indiana public access laws close to gaining teeth

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.

March 15, 2012 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Public access seminar supports open government

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.

May 12, 2011 12:00 am

Public records bill would bring restrictions

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Legislature might make the state's Freedom of Information Act less open.

April 13, 2011 5:45 pm

EDITORIAL: Put those public documents online

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.

March 22, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Give people access to their government

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.

March 17, 2011 12:00 am

Advocates say open government under attack

SPRINGFIELD | Open government is under attack according to open-government advocates.

March 16, 2011 12:03 pm
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