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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Reforming Illinois government

The task to reform Illinois government was set in motion even before Pat Quinn was sworn in as governor when he established the Illinois Reform Commission.

The Commission, although no where near done, is already coming out with some recommendations:

On February 11, 2009, the Illinois Reform Commission delivered a letter to Governor Quinn urging him to swiftly address the need for greater transparency in government. A copy of the letter is posted [PDF].
The letter asks the Governor to immediately issue an executive order to all state agencies, boards and commissions under his control, directing those public bodies to fully comply with all provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") and the Open Meetings Act, and to maximize transparency in their operations. In addition, the letter urges the Governor to support vigorous enforcement efforts, including legal proceedings to compel compliance when necessary. The Illinois Reform Commission's letter represents its initial proposal for immediate action. More detailed recommendations on improving transparency will follow in the Commission's full report.

Anyone can give their recommendations to the Commission. I've sent a few of my own into the Commission, including:

“Make all state contracts (everything from office supplies, to highway contracts, to contractual staffing, etc.) or contract summaries, easy to search and find on the Internet” -- Springfield, 1/30

The best thing that can happen is to create a culture where anything less than transparency is unacceptable. I don't know how possible that is in Illinois, but it's got to be the goal. Once people get the hang of it, and once people know that openness is here to stay, hopefully reforming Illinois will take on an unstoppable momentum of its own.

Posted by Marie at February 15, 2009 9:11 PM


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