A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney:
New Changes to Open Meetings Act Provides Greater Government Transparency
Springfield, IL – Legislation aimed at making reporting violations of the Open Meetings Act more reasonable and accommodating is headed to the Governor’s desk, according to State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills), the sponsor of the legislation.
House Bill 175 allows the reporting of Open Meetings Act violations within 60 days from the discovery of an alleged violation.
Current law only allows reporting violations within 60 days from an alleged violation.
“The Open Meetings Act was designed to increase government transparency, not provide communities with reasons to avoid their responsibilities to the citizens they serve,” Rep. McSweeney said.
“This legislation will make it easier for citizens to report possible violations of the Open Meetings Act.”
The Illinois Senate unanimously approved the measure on Friday. HB 175, as slightly amended by the Senate, again unanimously passed the House on May 31st.
“I want to commend Senator Duffy for all his hard work in getting this important bill through the Senate,” Rep McSweeney continued.
“The people have a right to be fully informed as to what’s going on with their local governments and this is the right step to ensure their ability to do so.”
House Bill 175 now moves to the Governor’s Desk.