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Information Inquiries on the Increase in Illinois

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The Illinois Attorney General’s Office reported a 38 percent increase in requests for information about the state’s open meetings and records laws in 2007. There were a total of 1,366 inquiries to the office in 2007. Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the largest number of complaints involved search and copying costs. “The most egregious one we found was 10 cents a line … so it turned out to be … over $14,000. No joke.” The government unit drawing the most complaints? School boards. (3/14/08)