We would like to congratulate the group of concerned residents we are working with in Wauconda, IL for a great first step. A little more than a week ago, I had an opportunity to meet and talk with the core members of the community group Of Wauconda For Wauconda. As part of our Local Government 101 program, we have been working with the residents in the community to research more fully how their local government system is structured, and how it can be improved and made more transparent.
One concern residents had involved the lack of closed session meeting minutes being released. To remedy this issue, we recommended the group file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the closed session minutes to obtain an official response from the village.
As a result of their FOIA request, the board of trustees are meeting this evening during the Committee of the Whole Meeting to discuss and review the closed session minutes for release to the public. Committee of the Whole Agenda
It will be great to review the closed session minutes once released to see what insight might be gained from the content.
The Open Meetings Act (OMA) in Illinois clearly outlines that closed session minutes must be reviewed on a regular basis. It is essential communities review and release their closed session meeting minutes regularly, and not wait for a FOIA request to compel them to do so.
Congratulations again to the residents in Wauconda for shining some sunlight on your local government, and we look forward to the next steps!
For the residents of Illinois,
Nick Gaudi, Director of Community and Government Relations, Open Local Illinois