“It is the public policy of this State that public bodies exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business and that the people have a right to be informed as to the conduct of their business.”

– Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/1

The excerpt above is what greets you when you go to the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor page.

How apropos. And how timely. Right now, candidates are filing forms and petitions to seek office as the state’s next attorney general following Lisa Madigan’s surprise announcement that she would not seek a fifth term.

For more on why the attorney general’s office is crucial to good government, read the rest of Doubek’s column for the Chicago Sun-Times.