Cost to Record MCC Meetings

Comment has been made about how costly it is to record public meetings. The College uses UStream to stream/archive video at board meetings (Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Trustees Meeting). This cost is approximately $99/month for this … Continue reading

Provenzano Calls for FOIA Application to County Grant Recipients

A statement given by McHenry County Board member Nick Provenzano to the Finance and Audit Committee Thursday morning: When I was first elected to the County Board I had the opportunity to help shepherd through the first ever Ethics Ordinance in … Continue reading

Transparency – Following the Money

The Chicago Sun-Times ran an article yesterday that took three years to write. It was about how UNO, the charter school outfit backed by House Speaker Mike Madigan, spent money provided by governments. Since UNO doesn’t operate in our back … Continue reading

Palmer Convinces Finance Committee To Keep Dental Audit Secret

Wednesday McHenry County Blog ran a piece entitled, “Should Misdeeds Uncovered by Internal Audits Be Made Public?” There has apparently been double billing for providing dental care to Veterans. Both the Veterans department and the County Health Department have been … Continue reading

Delegating Authority to Settle Claims Up to $25,000 to County Staff

Here’s most of an interesting resolution that will be considered by the Management Services Committee Monday: WHEREAS, a delegation of authority would guide the County’s staff in their efforts to resolve claims on the County’s behalf fairly and efficiently; and … Continue reading

Althoff Comments on FOIA Modification Bill She Sponsored

From State Senator Pam Althoff: In response to recent e-mails and phone calls I have received regarding my yes vote on House Bill 3796, I would like to explain why this legislation, will in fact, increase access to public records … Continue reading

Proposed McHenry County Code of Conduct

So that potential appointees of the McHenry County Board may know the restrictions of what they are getting into, the complete text of the soon-to-be passed McHenry County Code of Conduct for Appointed Officials to Boards, Commissions and Special Districts … Continue reading

Transportation Department Verifies County Looking at Eisenman Building

The reply from the McHenry County Department of Transporation to my request for documents relating to the Eisenmann property in Crystal Lake resulted in a denial. I was searching for confirmation that the non-office building portion of the Virginia Street Road … Continue reading

County Board Votes to Continue Hiding Audit Results

I was off to a luncheon before the McHenry County Board voted on whether to make public an audit performed by the office of McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer, so I didn’t hear the discussion. I did get the 14-8 … Continue reading

Argument for Putting Tax-Financed Not-Profits Under the Freedom of Information Act

Since the 1970’s I’ve been promoting putting not-for-profit organizations financed with taxpayer dollars or controlled by governments under the Freedom of Information Act. Now the head of the Freedom of Information enforcement agency in Pennsylvania tells the Chicago Sun-Times it … Continue reading

Tax-Financed Non-Profit Transparency

“Not.” That’s the best word to use when talking about transparency of most not-for-profit organizations. If they are financed with government money, however, I have argued since the 1970’s that they should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. … Continue reading

General Assembly Moves to Limit Freedom of Information Requests

Proponents of transparency are up in arms about efforts by legislators to limit access under the Freedom of Information Act. They point to House Bill 3796. The legislation, passed by both the House and the Senate during the last week of … Continue reading

Effingham County Ahead of McHenry County in Transparency

Adam Andrzejewski, the driving force behind Open the Books, was in Effingham recently promoting transparency. According to the Effingham Daily News, the Effingham County Board came in for praise: Andrzejewski recognized the Effingham County Board as a unit for promising … Continue reading

Jr. College Trustees’ Association Offers Advice on Sharing Meetings with Non-Attending Public

Association of Community College Trustees holds conventions in big cites which McHenry County College Trustees attend. It also answers questions like My board is considering televising our meetings- what should we take into account before making this decision? Before taking … Continue reading