Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill today overhauling the state’s freedom of information law.
The legislation has been sitting on Quinn’s desk for several months since squeaking out of the last legislative session at its very end.
The Chicago Sun Times reported that the new law plugs several loop holes in the current law, including giving the state’s public access counselor the power to issue binding opinions in disputes over public records. Fines of up to $5,000 for violations of the law are also now possible, the newspaper said.
Last month, the Illinois State’s Attorneys pushed Quinn to water down the legislation, but he signed the bill without modification.