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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Law - Chicago mayor "calls for transparency in government — but the operations of his own office remain murky"

David Kidwell, Chicago Tribune reporter, has written a very long story on Mayor Rahm Emanuels denial of public records requests. How the story begins:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made it easier for the public to see who pays City Hall lobbyists, how much every city worker earns and where crime waves have rippled through Chicago neighborhoods.

It's Emanuel's way of keeping his promise to create "the most open, accountable and transparent government that the city of Chicago has ever seen."

But efforts to peer into the daily operations of the mayor himself — a man with enormous say over hundreds of millions of dollars in city contracts, hiring and regulations — are met by a stone wall.

The mayor refused Tribune requests for his emails, government cellphone bills and his interoffice communications with top aides, arguing it would be too much work to cross out information the government is allowed to keep private. After lengthy negotiations to narrow its request for two months of these records, the newspaper was told that almost all of the emails had been deleted.

Interesting story!

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 8, 2011 01:28 PM
Posted to General Law Related