Statewide update—March 16, 2011

SouthtownStarIs sharing information with public too costly? “This year, the law is again under attack by special interests looking to exempt more records from public view. About 15 bills are currently in the statehouse pertaining to the names of people with gun permits and seeking to limit the number of requests any member of the public can file.”

  • Trib Local (Joliet)AG says Joliet historic commission violated Open Meetings Act, “Members of the Joliet Historic Preservation Commission violated the Open Meeting Act by using e-mail to discuss issues related to the historic White Store building that should have been dealt with in a public meeting, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office ruled.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesRahm Emanuel: Cops, other city workers should live in city, “After reconsidering the requirement at the request of police and fire unions, Emanuel concluded Tuesday that police officers, firefighters and teachers are neighborhood ‘anchors’ Chicago cannot afford to live without.”
  • Chicago TribuneAs Burge heads to prison, torture questions linger, “A federal judge Tuesday ordered that within his first week in prison Burge take questions from lawyers representing Michael Tillman, who alleges that detectives under Burge’s command tortured him into falsely confessing to a 1986 murder for which he served nearly 24 years in prison.”

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