New List on City’s Web Site Opens Window on the News Media, Not on Daley
(NYT) –Mayor Richard M. Daley shrugged and insisted to reporters last week that his latest effort at “enhanced Web transparency” — publishing Freedom of Information Act requests as they are filed — was all about better government. As the mayor tends to say so often: Let’s be realistic.
Local news media have long pushed the notoriously opaque Daley administration to open City Hall’s filing cabinets wider and more readily. And now that a recent change in Illinois’s “sunshine law” requires every government body to keep a log of requests for public documents, the City of Chicago has decided to go a step beyond the mandate and publish who is asking for which files. No other Illinois city has taken such a step.