Illinois transparency legislation

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This page contains a sampling of transparency legislation in Illinois. To submit a bill for inclusion on this page, email us.


The Illinois House voted 71-45 to approve SB 1808 which would make it legal to record audio of police performing public duties in public space.[1]


See also: Proposed transparency legislation, 2011

A new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn grants Illinois counties with populations between 300,000 and 2 million greater financial and budget oversight of boards and commissions. The legislation will ensure the agencies and commissions will comply with county requests for contracts, finances, ethics policies, personnel information and compliance.[2]


See also: Proposed transparency legislation, 2010


See also: Illinois Freedom of Information Act

House Bill 0035[3] would create the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal (ITAP). The new site allows taxpayers to search by agency, category, contract or vender for expenditures and information on salaries of state employees.

House Bill 1345[4] would amend the Illinois Freedom of Information Act to include settlement financial information that a public body might enter into. HB1345 was referred to the Rules Committee on 2/18/09.

House Bill 1370[5] seeks to overhaul the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The bill:

  • Makes it clear that access to public records improves government transparency.
  • Protects employees from retaliation from their superiors for releasing public information.
  • Permits attorney fees to be paid when access issues go to court.
  • Creates a fine from $100 to $1,000 for government agencies found to have "willfully and intentionally" failed to comply with the law.
  • Shortens the required response time from seven days to five.
  • Makes the first 25 pages of copies free, and sets a fee of $0.15 per page for any copies after that.
  • Specifies that records should be provided electronically if possible.

HB1370 is sponsored by Michael J. Madigan, Barbara Flynn Currie, Jim Watson, Paul D. Froehlich. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is pushing for its passage.[6]

Senate Bill 2270[7]

SB 2270 is sponsored by Daniel Cronin, Kirk Dillard, Chris Lauzen, and John Millner in the Senate. It is sponsored by Sandra M. Pihos, Patricia R. Bellock, Sandy Cole, Renée Kosel, Jack D. Franks, Keith Farnham and Linda Chapa LaVia in the House. The bill will require every school district to post on its website a “compensation report” for all administrative officials in the district, including salaries, benefits, pension contributions and bonuses.

House Bill 2235[8]

HB 2235 is sponsored by Monique D. Davis, Jack D. Franks, Mike Boland, Harry R. Ramey, Jr., Fred Crespo and Elizabeth Coulson in the House. It is sponsored by Kimberly Lightford in the senate. The bill requires each school district, university and community college governing board to report to the Illinois State Board of Education or Illinois Board of Higher Education the base salary and benefits of all administrators and teachers or faculty on or before July 1 of each year.