I have had my problems with internet documents posted by both McHenry County College and McHenry County government
They posted documents which could not be searched.
MCC was “afraid” someone might copy them and, then, alter them.
The documents also could not be copied in a form which could be searched when posted on the internet.
All I wanted to do was to be able to copy and post agenda items that might interest the public.
It was as if those governments wanted to make it as hard as possible for people to figure out what they were doing.
Fortunately, both governments decided that the public could be trusted with searchable documents.
Others, however, continue to resist posting public documents.
Some didn’t know that constituents might be interested in such things as agenda packets given to board members.
I remember pointing out to the Crystal Lake City Council that the public couldn’t follow what was happening very well only having a copy of the agenda.
Shortly thereafter, the backup material given to Council members started appearing on the Crystal Lake web site.
Much more transparent.
Now, Woodstock resident Susan Handelsman has found a new tool to use in her quest to make District 200 more transparent.
She found this part of state law:
105 ILCS 5, Article 10,
(105 ILCS 5/10-6)
(from Ch. 122, par. 10-6)
Regular and special meetings.
The directors shall hold regular meetings at such times as they may designate, and special meetings at the call of the president or of any 2 members. Public notice of meetings must be given as prescribed in Sections 2.02 and 2.03 of the Open Meetings Act. No official business shall be transacted by the directors except at a regular or a special meeting. In consolidated districts and in districts electing a 7-member board of school directors under subsection (c) of Section 10-4, 4 directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. In all other districts 2 directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. If the president or clerk is absent from any meeting or refuses to perform his duties, a president or clerk pro tempore shall be appointed. At each regular and special meeting which is open to the public, members of the public and employees of the district shall be afforded time, subject to reasonable constraints, to comment to or ask questions of the board. When the president or district superintendent of schools receives a written correspondence from a resident within the school district's territory, requesting the consideration of a matter before the board, the author of the correspondence shall receive a formal written statement from an appointed official of the board stating the board's position on their request, no later than 60 days from the receipt of the correspondence by the president or district superintendent of schools. The formal written response from the board shall establish a meeting before the board or list the reasons for denying the request.
(Source: P.A. 90-757, eff. 8-14-98.)
And, she sent the following email to Woodstock School Superintendent Robert Moan:
I request consideration of the school board that searchable agenda packets be made available to citizens online.
A copy of this email will be sent to you at District 200 offices through regular mail.Thank you
We’ll see what happens.