Politicians and reform promises

The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois wrote an editorial today, Our Opinion: FOIA needs reform…now.

What’s frustrating them?

It’s been six years since [Illinois attorney general Lisa] Madigan campaigned on a promise to reform the law. It’s been 19 months since this newspaper’s award-winning series, “Request Denied,” showed how the public — not just pesky newspaper reporters — is not being served by a toothless and loophole-laden law. It’s been 14 months since Madigan told the Illinois Press Association, “Let me be clear: I am committed to legislatively reforming the Freedom of Information Act.”

Why is it hard to achieve reform in an area where nearly everyone (I think…am I being naive?) agrees with the goal?


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