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Jo Daviess County, Illinois

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Jo Daviess County is one of 102 counties in Illinois.

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Permits, zoning Y
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Public records Y
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Main article: Evaluation of Illinois county websites

The good

  • County Board members are listed and contact information is provided.[1]
  • Board meetings are posted[2], and meeting minutes are available.[3]
  • Budget information is published[4], but the entire budget is not available online.
  • Building and zoning information is available online.[5]
  • The form for making a public records request is available for download.[6]
  • Administrative officials listed under their respective departments.[7]

The bad

Public records lawsuit

Nancy Segal of Galena, Illinois filed a lawsuit in September 2008 against Galena County, alleging that the county violated the Illinois Freedom of Information Act when it failed to provide her the records she requested in July 2008.

Segal requested recordings of county board meetings. The recordings were ultimately made available to Segal after a number of court hearings. In 2009, Segal is asking the county to explicitly change its policy on providing audio recordings of open meetings. In December 2007, the Jo Daviess County Board voted to prohibit distribution of the board's audio recordings of open meetings.

The Illinois Attorney General's office disagrees with the Jo Daviess policy, saying:

"Please keep in mind that the Freedom of Information Act requires that a public body make all public records available for inspection or copying unless the record or information therein is exempt under the statute."[8]

Lobbying

Main article: Illinois government sector lobbying associations

Besides its membership in government sector lobbying associations, the county does not directly contract a lobbyist.[9] Jo Daviess County has paid dues to 24 different government sector lobbying associations:[9]

Year Association Amount
2010 Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders $220.00
2009 Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders $220.00
2008 Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders $220.00
2007 Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders $220.00
2006 Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders $220.00
2005 Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders $220.00
2010 Illinois Association of County Engineers $695.91
2009 Illinois Association of County Engineers $673.63
2008 Illinois Association of County Engineers $666.45
2007 Illinois Association of County Engineers $663.39
2006 Illinois Association of County Engineers $663.39
2005 Illinois Association of County Engineers $458.99
2010 Illinois Association of County Treasurers $210.00
2009 Illinois Association of County Treasurers $210.00
2008 Illinois Association of County Treasurers $210.00
2007 Illinois Association of County Treasurers $210.00
2006 Illinois Association of County Treasurers $210.00
2005 Illinois Association of County Treasurers $210.00
2010 Illinois Coroners & Medical Examiners Association $325.00
2009 Illinois Coroners & Medical Examiners Association $325.00
2008 Illinois Coroners & Medical Examiners Association $325.00
2007 Illinois Coroners & Medical Examiners Association $275.00
2006 Illinois Coroners & Medical Examiners Association $275.00
2005 Illinois Coroners & Medical Examiners Association $275.00
2010 Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators $700.00
2009 Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators $600.00
2008 Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators $600.00
2007 Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators $500.00
2006 Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators $500.00
2005 Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators $500.00
2010 Illinois Association of County Board Members & Commissioners $775.00
2009 Illinois Association of County Board Members & Commissioners $775.00
2008 Illinois Association of County Board Members & Commissioners $775.00
2007 Illinois Association of County Board Members & Commissioners $775.00
2006 Illinois Association of County Board Members & Commissioners $775.00
2005 Illinois Association of County Board Members & Commissioners $775.00
2010 Illinois Association of Circuit Clerks $265.00
2009 Illinois Association of Circuit Clerks $265.00
2008 Illinois Association of Circuit Clerks $265.00
2007 Illinois Association of Circuit Clerks $265.00
2006 Illinois Association of Circuit Clerks $265.00
2005 Illinois Association of Circuit Clerks $265.00
2010 Illinois Sheriff\'s Association $525.00
2009 Illinois Sheriff\'s Association $525.00
2008 Illinois Sheriff\'s Association $350.00
2007 Illinois Sheriff\'s Association $350.00
2006 Illinois Sheriff\'s Association $350.00
2005 Illinois Sheriff\'s Association $350.00
2010 Illinois States Attorneys Association $450.00
2009 Illinois States Attorneys Association $450.00
2008 Illinois States Attorneys Association $450.00
2007 Illinois States Attorneys Association $450.00
2006 Illinois States Attorneys Association $450.00
2005 Illinois States Attorneys Association $450.00
2009 Illinois State Bar Association $1,040.00
2008 Illinois State Bar Association $1,040.00
2007 Illinois State Bar Association $1,200.00
2006 Illinois State Bar Association $1,200.00
2005 Illinois State Bar Association $1,200.00
2009 Attorney Registration and Discipline $579.00
2008 Attorney Registration and Discipline $289.00
2007 Attorney Registration and Discipline $289.00
2006 Attorney Registration and Discipline $289.00
2005 Attorney Registration and Discipline $289.00
2010 United Counties Council $300.00
2009 United Counties Council $300.00
2008 United Counties Council $300.00
2007 United Counties Council $300.00
2006 United Counties Council $300.00
2005 United Counties Council $300.00
2010 Illinois Probation & Court Services Association $50.00
2009 Illinois Probation & Court Services Association $40.00
2008 Illinois Probation & Court Services Association $40.00
2007 Illinois Probation & Court Services Association $40.00
2006 Illinois Probation & Court Services Association $40.00
2005 Illinois Probation & Court Services Association $40.00
2010 American Jail Association $48.00
2009 American Jail Association $48.00
2008 American Jail Association $48.00
2007 American Jail Association $48.00
2006 American Jail Association $48.00
2005 American Jail Association $48.00
2010 Illinois Board of Sheriffs Merit Commission $250.00
2009 Illinois Board of Sheriffs Merit Commission $250.00
2008 Illinois Board of Sheriffs Merit Commission $250.00
2007 Illinois Board of Sheriffs Merit Commission $250.00
2006 Illinois Board of Sheriffs Merit Commission $250.00
2005 Illinois Board of Sheriffs Merit Commission $250.00
2010 Illinois Emergency Management Association $45.00
2009 Illinois Emergency Management Association $45.00
2008 Illinois Emergency Management Association $45.00
2007 Illinois Emergency Management Association $45.00
2006 Illinois Emergency Management Association $45.00
2005 Illinois Emergency Management Association $45.00
2010 Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System $50.00
2009 Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System $50.00
2008 Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System $50.00
2007 Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System $50.00
2006 Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System $50.00
2005 Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System $50.00
2010 Illinois Judges Association $400.00
2009 Illinois Judges Association $400.00
2008 Illinois Judges Association $400.00
2007 Illinois Judges Association $400.00
2006 Illinois Judges Association $400.00
2005 Illinois Judges Association $400.00
2009 Illinois City/County Government Management Association $268.00
2008 Illinois City/County Government Management Association $268.00
2009 Certified Illinois Assessing Officers $616.09
2010 County Animal Control of Illinois $50.00
2009 County Animal Control of Illinois $50.00
2008 County Animal Control of Illinois $50.00
2007 County Animal Control of Illinois $50.00
2006 County Animal Control of Illinois $50.00
2005 County Animal Control of Illinois $50.00
2005 Illinois Association of County Zoning Officials $75.00
2010 International Code Council $175.00
2009 International Code Council $175.00
2008 International Code Council $175.00
2007 International Code Council $175.00
2006 International Code Council $175.00
2005 International Code Council $175.00
2010 Illinois Association for Floodplain and Storm Water Management $20.00
2009 Illinois Association for Floodplain and Storm Water Management $20.00
2008 Illinois Association for Floodplain and Storm Water Management $20.00
2007 Illinois Association for Floodplain and Storm Water Management $20.00
2006 Illinois Association for Floodplain and Storm Water Management $20.00
2005 Illinois Association for Floodplain and Storm Water Management $20.00

The county has paid $39,911.85 in dues to government sector lobbying associations since 2005. In 2010, the county has spent $5,553.91.[9]

Besides the county's direct membership in government sector lobbying associations, the County Convention and Visitor's Bureau belongs to 17 associations, some of these outside the state:[9]

The county's Visitor's Bureau has paid $37,143 in dues since 2005, $8,750 in 2009 total, and $3,535 so far in 2010. The county's and Vistor's Bureau combined direct expenses in membership to these organizations for 2010 is $9,088.91.

Year Association Amount
2006 Wisconsin Society of Association Executives $230.00
2005 Wisconsin Society of Association Executives $230.00
2007 Team Illinois $750.00
2006 Team Illinois $750.00
2005 Team Illinois $750.00
2009 Destination Marketing Association $2,200.00
2008 Destination Marketing Association $2,200.00
2007 Destination Marketing Association $2,200.00
2005 Visit Illinois $1,250.00
2010 American Bus Association $510.00
2009 American Bus Association $475.00
2008 American Bus Association $475.00
2007 American Bus Association $475.00
2006 American Bus Association $475.00
2009 Tri-State Tourism Council $375.00
2008 Tri-State Tourism Council $175.00
2007 Tri-State Tourism Council $175.00
2006 Tri-State Tourism Council $175.00
2007 Association Forum $340.00
2005 Association Forum $325.00
2007 American Society of Association Executives $295.00
2006 American Society of Association Executives $275.00
2005 American Society of Association Executives $275.00
2006 Illinois Society of Association Executives $250.00
2005 Illinois Society of Association Executives $250.00
2006 Meeting Planners International $375.00
2005 Illinois Council of CVBs $1,286.00
2005 Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International $295.00
2007 Iowa Society of Association Executives $100.00
2005 Iowa Society of Association Executives $95.00
2010 International Association of CVBs $3,000.00
2009 International Association of CVBs $3,000.00
2008 International Association of CVBs $3,000.00
2007 International Association of CVBs $1,286.00
2006 International Association of CVBs $1,286.00
2010 Agriculture and Tourism Partners of Illinois $25.00
2009 Agriculture and Tourism Partners of Illinois $25.00
2008 Agriculture and Tourism Partners of Illinois $25.00
2007 Agriculture and Tourism Partners of Illinois $25.00
2006 Agriculture and Tourism Partners of Illinois $25.00
2005 Agriculture and Tourism Partners of Illinois $25.00
2009 Midwest Tourism Association $2,500.00
2008 Midwest Tourism Association $1,990.00
2007 Midwest Tourism Association $1,590.00
2006 Midwest Tourism Association $230.00
2005 Midwest Tourism Association $230.00
2009 Northern Illinois Sheriffs Association $175.00
2008 Northern Illinois Sheriffs Association $175.00
2007 Northern Illinois Sheriffs Association $175.00
2006 Northern Illinois Sheriffs Association $175.00
2005 Northern Illinois Sheriffs Association $150.00

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