Policy

The BGA's Policy team advocates for a more transparent, accountable and efficient government through public policy reforms.

We work to protect and strengthen Illinois' Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act and to propose policy solutions to prevent corruption, inefficiency and waste in government.

The policy team advocates for good government across Illinois by crafting legislation to improve government efficiency and accountability. We track trends and research best practices in good government, and publish analyses and perspectives on our website and with media partners.

  1. SB3767 - Open Meetings - Notice Violation

    Illinois Senate
    Current Status:
    Referred to Assignments

    Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that a civil action for violation of the Act may be brought within 60 days after the discovery of failure to comply with specified notice requirements.

  2. SB3766 - Electronic Record Preservation

    Illinois Senate
    Sponsors:

    John F. Curran

    Current Status:
    Referred to Assignments

    Amends the Local Records Act. Provides that the use of any application, software, or other technology that prevents the maintenance or preservation of a public record through encryption, automatic deletion, or other means, or that results in a public record existing outside the possession or control of the applicable public body, shall be considered the concealment of a public record that is prohibited.

  3. HB4466 - FOIA List of Public Documents

    Illinois House
    Current Status:
    Referred to Rules Committee

    Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that a public body shall include in its list of records available under the Act the identification and a plain-text description of each of the types or categories of information of each field of each database of the public body. Provides that the public body shall provide a sufficient description of the structures of all databases under the control of the public body to allow a requester to request the public body to perform specific database queries.