Illinois transparency legislation
Here you will find a collection of transparency legislation in Illinois.
The Illinois House voted 71-45 to approve SB 1808 which would make it legal to record audio of police performing public duties in public space.
- See also: Proposed transparency legislation, 2011
Here is a list of transparency legislation for Illinois in 2011:
|House Bill 1716||Current Status: (Awaiting transfer to the Governor)|
HB 1716 introduced to the House by Representative Jim Durkin which would make significant alterations to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. It would add special rules for "Recurrent requesters" in regards to fees, deadlines and exemptions. It would also for additional fees for commercial records requests. Finally it would redact sections relating to the duties of Access Councilors. Template:2.default
A new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn grants Illinois counties with populations between 300,000 and 2 million greater financial and budget oversight of boards and commissions. The legislation will ensure the agencies and commissions will comply with county requests for contracts, finances, ethics policies, personnel information and compliance. 
- See also: Proposed transparency legislation, 2010
Here is a list of transparency legislation for Illinois in 2010:
|House Bill 1345||Current Status: (Signed into law on 08/28/2009, Effective Same Date)|
HB 1345 would amend the definition of a "public record" in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The bill would expand the term "public record" to any settlement agreement entered into or on behalf of a public body that shows any total amount of money or anything of value gained from the agreement. The record would only be made public if a public body reached a settlement agreement or was a plaintiff or defendant in a lawsuit Template:2.default
|House Bill 4165||Current Status:(Died in House Rules Committee on 05/07/2010)|
HB 4165 would require each public body in Illinois Government to have a Freedom of Information Officer designed to process open records requests. Also, the bill would establish a Public Access Counselor in the Attorney General's office. The Attorney General would appoint the person to serve as public access counselor. The law amends the Illinois Attorney General Act, Illinois Freedom of Information Act, and the Illinois Open Meetings Act. Template:2.default
|House Bill 5007||Current Status: (Signed into law on 07/29/2010, Effective Same Date)|
|House Bill 5069||Current Status:(Died in House Rules Committee on 05/07/2010)|
HB 5069 will eliminate many of the new laws on fees that can be charged through records, including removing the prohibition against charging for the first 50 copies, removing the cap on fees and removing the requirement to charge the actual cost for duplication. It will also lift the requirement that electronic records must be delivered in the requested format.  Template:2.default
|House Bill 5143||Current Status: (Died in House Rules Committee on 05/07/2010)|
|House Bill 5154||Current Status:(Vetoed by the Governor on 7-26-2010)|
HB 5154 will exempt all public employee performance evaluations from disclosure. . The bill would exempt the personnel evaluations of law enforcement employees from being made public. Template:2.default
|House Bill 5483||Current Status: (Signed into law on 08-23-2010, enrolled same date)|
House Bill 5483 would amend the current Open Meetings Act and require “a public body to make proposed minutes of an open meeting available for public inspection within 8 business days after the meeting to which the minutes relate and make approved minutes of an open meeting available for public inspection within 5 business days after approval (now, make available within 7 business days after approval).” Template:2.default
|Senate Bill 1633||Current Status:(Died in Senate Assignments Committee on 05/07/2010)|
SB 1633 would allow summary investigations that are delivered from the Inspector General to the Executive Ethics Commission to be accessed by the public. The bill would no longer exempt investigations from the Executive Ethics Commission from the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Also, all personal information would have be redacted before a summary investigation is made public. Template:2.default
|Senate Bill 189||Current Status: (Signed into law on August 17, 2009. Effective, January 1, 2010)|
Senate Bill 189 amended the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Acs to require state government units to designate key employees or officers to receive mandatory training on the Freedom of Information Act. The bill would require all designated employees/officers to receive their training within six months after SB 189 becomes law. The bill gives power to the Attorney General to seek court action in order to compel a state government unit to comply with the training requirement. This becomes in effect if the unit made no effort to train a designated employee or officer. Template:2.default
|Senate Bill 3040||Current Status:(Died in Senate Assignments Committee on 05/07/2010)|
|Senate Bill 3130||Current Status:(Died in Senate Assignments Committee on 06/27/2010)|
SB 3040 amends the Illinois Freedom of Information Act to establish strict deadlines for public units to respond to open requests made under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The bill would require any public unit to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests within five days of receipt. Also, the bill grants a five day extension if an agency cites any extenuating circumstances. The extension would only be granted one time. Template:2.default
|Senate Bill 315||Current Status: (Signed 01/15/2010)|
Senate Bill 315, passed and was signed on January 15, only 15 days after the new FOIA law went into effect.  The bill created an exemption within the Illinois FOIA for all teacher performance evaluations. The changes to the FOIA law were attached to a bill that would require stricter teacher evaluations and qualify Illinois for a $500 million dollar federal education stimulus grant. The attorney general maintained neutrality on the teacher bill, probably due to the highly charged political atmosphere surrounding the goal of obtaining the federal grant. However, Public Access Counselor Cara Smith has told the press, "We are 42 days into a new FOIA law, the sky has not fallen. Our position is that we oppose any bill that weakens FOIA" including any bill that would restrict access to performance evaluations of other public employees.  Template:2.default
- See also: Illinois Freedom of Information Act
House Bill 0035 would create the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal (ITAP). The new site allows taxpayers to search by agency, category, contract or vender for expenditures and information on salaries of state employees.
House Bill 1345  would amend the Illinois Freedom of Information Act to include settlement financial information that a public body might enter into. HB1345 was referred to the Rules Committee on 2/18/09.
House Bill 1370  seeks to overhaul the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The bill:
- Makes it clear that access to public records improves government transparency.
- Protects employees from retaliation from their superiors for releasing public information.
- Permits attorney fees to be paid when access issues go to court.
- Creates a fine from $100 to $1,000 for government agencies found to have "willfully and intentionally" failed to comply with the law.
- Shortens the required response time from seven days to five.
- Makes the first 25 pages of copies free, and sets a fee of $0.15 per page for any copies after that.
- Specifies that records should be provided electronically if possible.
HB1370 is sponsored by Michael J. Madigan, Barbara Flynn Currie, Jim Watson, Paul D. Froehlich. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is pushing for it's passage. 
Senate Bill 2270
SB 2270 is sponsored by Daniel Cronin, Kirk Dillard, Chris Lauzen, and John Millner in the Senate. It is sponsored by Sandra M. Pihos, Patricia R. Bellock, Sandy Cole, Renée Kosel, Jack D. Franks, Keith Farnham and Linda Chapa LaVia in the House. The bill will require every school district to post on its website a “compensation report” for all administrative officials in the district, including salaries, benefits, pension contributions and bonuses.
House Bill 2235
HB 2235 is sponsored by Monique D. Davis, Jack D. Franks, Mike Boland, Harry R. Ramey, Jr., Fred Crespo and Elizabeth Coulson in the House. It is sponsored by Kimberly Lightford in the senate. The bill requires each school district, university and community college governing board to report to the Illinois State Board of Education or Illinois Board of Higher Education the base salary and benefits of all administrators and teachers or faculty on or before July 1 of each year.
- Illinois House Bill 0824 - comprehensive ethics reform.
- Illinois House Bill 4765: Accountability Portal
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Illinois General Assembly "History of HB 1345 (2009-2010)"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Illinois General Assembly "Text of HB 4165"
- ↑ text of HB 5007
- ↑ text of HB 5069
- ↑ Text of HB 5143
- ↑ text of HB 5154
- ↑ Springfield Journal Reigster "Quinn veto would allow disclosure of public employee evaluations"
- ↑ Illinois Policy Institute, Is This Really Asking Too Much?, February 19, 2010
- ↑ Illinois General Assembly, Full Text of HB5483
- ↑ Illinois General Assembly "Text of SB 189 (2009-2010)"
- ↑ text of SB 3040
- ↑ The Times, "With new bill, personnel evaluations would no longer be public"
- ↑ State Journal Register, "FOIA overhaul already under siege by legislators"
- ↑ "Text of HB0035"
- ↑ Text of HB1345
- ↑ Text & Status of HB1370
- ↑ Attorney general aiming for 'culture of openness', Galesburg.com, March 5, 2009
- ↑ "Text & Status of SB2270"
- ↑ "Text & Status of HB2235"
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