Posts tagged "transparency"

A long winding path for government transparency

About this time last year, Mick Dumke, a senior writer at the Chicago Reader, decided that he wasn’t going to bite his tongue any more. Dumke and I had privately been going back and forth about how to pry court records from the office of Dorothy Brown, the clerk of Cook County’s massive court system.... Read more »

Signed into law: Drew Peterson bill, PTSD training, more financial transparency for Illinois

Signed into law: Drew Peterson bill, PTSD training, more financial transparency for Illinois
Domestic violence priors to be admitted in murder cases – HB 5264 – The recently concluded Drew Peterson trial used a history of domestic violence as evidence, a piece of information that may have played a key role in his conviction for murder. Now HB 5264 would mandate that the information used in Peterson’s trial... Read more »

Springfield takes up campaign finance reform, injects confusion over PACs

Springfield takes up campaign finance reform, injects confusion over PACs
Illinois lawmakers will get to work this week on a bill they say would add more transparency to state campaign finance laws that apply to Political Action Committees–and perhaps to clean up some of its convoluted language. The House Elections and Campaign Finance Reform Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 16, to try to move... Read more »
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Is the city going to make it harder for reporters to get answers?

If I see another story about how Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is the most transparent government Chicago’s ever seen, I may bang my head against my desk. Yes, the mayor has put up some public data on the web. That’s useful and great. But if you ask most reporters if they’ve seen a change in... Read more »