Illinois response time shortened to five days

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn just signed a good revision of the Illinois Sunshine Law.

One of the best changes is that the mandatory response time was reduced from seven days to five days.

Here’s a chart that compares request response times by state.

30% of states still don’t have any mandatory time limit for responding to FOIA requests. I believe it was Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel who said that you should never let a good crisis go to waste. In this case, sunshine-minded politicians in Illinois used the Blagojevich mess to push through these good reforms.

See the Chicago Tribune’s story:

Gov. Pat Quinn signs overhaul of state’s open records law.

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