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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Today's Food for Thought

Public bodies in Illinois must comply with the Open Meetings Act. It forbids private meetings of several persons who are on the same government board/committee from discussing public business behind closed doors.

However, one on one private meetings , i.e. between city council members and the mayor or the governor and board chairmen, are not forbidden. So backroom political deals/votes regarding public business can easily be accomplished, without public input (or despite it), as long as they are made individually on a one to one basis.

So the real questions is, what does the Open Meetings Act actually accomplish?

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