Doubek: Which Attorney General Candidate Will Keep The People's Business Public?

In her regular column for the Chicago Sun-Times, Madeleine Doubek writes about an important, but often overlooked function of the Illinois Attorney General's office.

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Former Chicago police oversight head Sharon Fairley is running for Illinois Attorney General. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“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.

About the Author
  • Madeleine Doubek

    Madeleine Doubek, the BGA’s Director of Policy & Civic Engagement, is an award-winning journalist who spent 32 years covering local and state government and politics. She previously served as publisher of Reboot Illinois. Her work on Illinois’ historic budget impasse was honored by Voices for Illinois Children and with two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club.