Award recognizes state, local governments with perfect transparency scores
ALEXANDRIA- The nation's leading government transparency advocate, Sunshine Review, announced on Thursday the 112 winners of its 2nd annual "Sunny Awards." The 2011 awards, which more than double last year's number, recognize the best state and local government websites in America that exceeded transparency standards. The Sunny Awards announcement preludes the launch of "Sunshine Week," a period nationally recognized by hundreds of media and civic organizations, that celebrates the efforts of activists and the strides taken towards open government.
"Sunny Award winners deserve recognition for making information available to citizens and for setting a transparency standard that all governments can, and should, meet," said Mike Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review. "Access to information empowers every citizen to hold government officials accountable. Official accountability is the cornerstone of self government and liberty."
The 2011 list of Illinois winners include:
- Lake County
- Madison County
- McHenry County
- Will County
- City of Carbondale
- City of Wilmette
- Township High School District 211
For a full list of Sunny Award winners, click here.
Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the governmental transparency websites of all fifty states and 6,000 local governments. Last year, 41 websites earned grades of "A" transparency grades. Grading takes into account the proactive disclosure of information regarding budgets, meetings, elected and administrative officials, permits and zoning, audits, contracts, lobbying, public records, and taxes, as well as the ease of use and availability of information.
SunshineReview is a non-profit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. The Sunshine Review wiki collects and shares transparency information and uses a "10-pointTransparencyChecklist" to evaluate the content of
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