New List on City’s Web Site Opens Window on the News Media, Not on Daley

May 16, 2010  |  

(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.

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