I have been granted an account on DocumentCloud; I am still setting it up, but I hope to make a repository of FOIA documents I have received.
As another experiment, I am going to try to embed a trial portion of documents right here (fail)
The FOIA and OMA laws/policies contain some very interesting verbiage. In a recent letter to some district administrators, I pointed out the following clause at the beginning of the Illinois FOIA:
The first paragraph if 5 ILCS 140/1 reads:
Sec. 1. Pursuant to the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of government, it is declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees consistent with the terms of this Act. Such access is necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest.
This is one of the main reasons why I Read the rest of this entry »