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Midwest Democracy Network: Open Government


The public has a right to know how its government is being run. For a government to be held accountable to the public, it must operate in the open. Public access to government records and meetings are necessary in order to keep our government honest, responsive, and democratic.

Network News in Open Government

August 18 2009 at 04:20 PM

FOIA improvements signed into law

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Gov. Pat Quinn signed several changes to the state’s open records act into law Aug. 17 that will give Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan the ability to interpret what records are public and settle disputes over the Freedom of Information…

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August 05 2009 at 04:15 PM

MALDEF census launch

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The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Chicago launched an education and awareness campaign to encourage Latinos in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska to participate in the 2010…

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July 01 2009 at 12:44 PM

League of Women Voters of Michigan release Citizen Acess to Government report

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The League of Women Voters of Michigan released their Citizen Access to Government report, which zeroes in on nine benchmarks against which to measure citizen access. The task force…

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April 28 2009 at 09:44 AM

Brennan Center for Justice grades President Obama’s first 100 days

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On April 27, the Brennan Center for Justice released its “Transparency in the First 100 Days: A Report Card.”

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