Recently, the Illinois Public Access Counselor rendered a binding opinion, holding that a committee violated the Open Meetings Act when it chose to recommend an individual to fill a vacancy on the committee and made that...more
In a recent decision, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) ruled that Western Illinois University Board of Trustees violated the Open Meetings Act (OMA) when it voted to terminate a faculty member in closed session. According to...more
The ACLU is trying to dismantle a “right to work” law passed in Michigan in December, saying people were locked out of the capitol while the measure was debated. ...more
Assembly Bill 1344 (“AB 1344”), signed by the Governor on October 9, 2011, made several changes to laws involving local governance. The bill was introduced in response to the City of Bell controversy. The provisions of AB...more
On December 27, 2012, Governor Snyder signed into law HB 5459, which amends the Michigan Open Meetings Act to add several new notice requirements for public bodies holding rescheduled or special meetings....more
A recent Illinois Attorney General opinion addressed an interesting question: Can a public entity delete comments by community members from its Facebook page? Although the public entity at issue was a municipality, the...more
The deadline for members of public bodies to take the Open Meetings Act training course is approaching fast.
Pursuant to recent amendments to the OMA, members elected or appointed prior to January 1, 2012 must take the...more
With the enactment of P.A. 097-0827 and a recently issued binding Attorney General Opinion, July has been a busy month for the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/1, et seq....more
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