If you want Exhibit A on how we Illinois sheeple are manipulated by our elected officials who use their taxpayer-funded staff to pull the wool over our distracted eyes and gain more and more political power, check this out:
May 29, Attorney General Lisa Madigan put out a press release lauding Senate Bill 189, leading casual observers to believe it was a remarkable sunshine government reform measure. She even wrote how she and good government groups worked together to come up with the language to make obtaining state government information easier through the FOIA system and a new bureaucrat to boot:
Senate Bill 189’s groundbreaking provisions codify the Public Access Counselor position within the Attorney General’s Office and explicitly authorize the PAC to review and determine whether documents must be disclosed under FOIA or whether a government body has violated the Open Meetings Act. The bill gives the PAC authority to subpoena needed information, issue advisory opinions to guide government bodies, issue binding opinions to resolve disputes, and sue to enforce the binding opinions. If SB 189 is signed into law, Illinois will become the fifth state to give the Attorney General’s office binding authority to help the public obtain access to government meetings and public records.
Good government advocate Adam Andrzejewski says Illinois would be better off if AG Madigan actually lived up to what she wants Illinoisans to perceive her as being -- a champion of open government. Indeed, he says, her own office is slow in responding to FOIAs.
Andrzejewski pointed out that according to the Suburban Life Newspapers, a review of freedom of information requests received by her office in 2006 and 2007 reveals that she is late almost half the time in responding to information requests. Specifically, in 225 of 537 FOIA cases, Madigan's office did not respond within the statutorily mandated seven working days.
"In 42 out of every 100 cases, our self proclaimed 'champion' of the Illinois FOIA violates the letter of the existing law! And Lisa Madigan, as the top law enforcement officer in Illinois, is trying to get credit for the current 'championing" of FOIA/transparency reform?" Andrzejewski replied via email when asked about the AG Madigan's press release claims.
The Hinsdale resident, who declared in March his 2010 bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, went on ...
"Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is a self-titled “champion” of open government and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reform. Of course, she and her dad, Michael Madigan, have developed a nice little "good cop, bad cop" routine. As with the recent tax increase issue - where Mike Madigan works for tax increases while Lisa acts like a guardian of taxpayers - she recently "fought" her Dad's gutting of the FOIA reform bill, getting credit for "championing" Freedom of Information.
"It would serve Illinois well if Madigan would actually live up to her billing," Andrzejewski said. "Didn’t Lisa Madigan miss the real piece of legislation- post all public documents proactively online, in real time! The model is the state of Florida and the model advocated by ForTheGoodOfIllinois, where Illinois school districts and counties proactively posted online over $1 billion in 2008 - no request needed."