IL House & Senate pass Bill Opening Access to Closed Session Recordings

Springfield is Broken

June 1st, 2016:

On the last day of session, the House unanimously concurred with Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 to HB4630.

This Bill to amend the Open Meetings Act has had unanimous support thru the entire process with comments from legislators such as “I can’t believe elected officials are denied access” and “isn’t this already in the law?“. It now sits waiting on Gov. Rauner’s signature, which hopefully will be quickly forthcoming.

No more will U46 be able to deny access to, or require a school board member to beg for, access to closed session recordings.

No longer will the City of Marshall be able to keep duly elected Aldermen from listening to closed session recordings.

No longer do the other dozens of public officials from other school districts, who complained of the same problems, have to vote on items without having COMPLETE and equal information as all of the others called to vote.

Marshall, Illinois Alderman Warren LeFever testified in both the House and Senate Committees in favor of this Bill, giving first-hand testimony of his struggles with the Mayor Camie Sanders’ bullying attitude on this matter.

Chapin Rose, Michael Connelly, Scott Bennett, Steven Landek, Dale Righter, Dan McConchie, and Thomas Cullerton sponsored this Bill in the Senate.

House Sponsors were: Jeanne Ives, Peter Breem, Patricia Bellock, Robert Martwick, Steven Anderson, Jack D. Franks, Carol Ammons, and Linda Chapa LaVia.

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