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Illinois Policy Institute supports government transparency

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A former member
Post #: 24
Hello, Open Government Advocates!

It's been great to see all of the interest in government transparency since I've been a member of this list. I'm glad to know you folks are out there.

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the organization I work with: the Illinois Policy Institute. The Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank that researches policy solutions to enhance government accountability and transparency in Illinois at the state and local levels.

We worked with other groups recently to pass House bill 35, which will make a website called the Illinois Accountability Portal. You can read more about this bill in a report we wrote called "Illinois Needs An X-Ray Machine": http://www.openillino...­

My colleague Kate Campaigne and I work closely with local leaders like yourselves to assist them in promoting transparency. In fact, this week we're working with citizen leaders to get county commissioners to commit to a platform of transparency by signing the Open Illinois Transparency Pledge (http://www.openillino...­. County commissioners are our focus this week during our Open Illinois Week event, however, we're interested in helping you get every and all elected officials signed on board.

If you'd like us to help you during this Open Illinois Week (and beyond), please let me or Kate know. We're here as a resource to you!

All the best, and I look forward to working and meeting with you soon!

Richard Lorenc
Director of Outreach
Illinois Policy Institute
190 S. LaSalle St., Suite 2130
Chicago, IL 60603
phone: 312-346-5700 ext. 205
fax: 312-346-5755
cell: 404-449-4752
http://www.illinoispo...­
richard@illinoispolicyinstitute.org

"Decisions are made by those who show up." -Aaron Sorkin
A former member
Post #: 1
Hi Richard and thank you for introducing yourself and joining the group.

Would this platform support zoning data as well? I'm extremely interested in making a portal that makes zoning ordinances easy to understand and search for citizens outside of GIS. It is my understanding Aldermen would like to have a user-friendly web site to maintain and track parcels in their wards without technical skill. It seems like we are close to making this a reality or maybe not?
Barbara K. I.
biverson
Chicago, IL
Post #: 40
Hi,
I publish chicagotalks.org, a local, edited news site for Chicago. I've also been working with Windycitizen.com a bit. When Chicago City Council meetings are live streamed, we set up a live discussion channel. We would like to expand the audience for this. It was useful to be able to provide links to answer questions. We did this one time, but I think it has potential to grow as a sort of watchdog group. The kind of sites you are talking about would be useful to track what aldermen say and vote on. The zoning GIS tool would be really interesting.

barbara i
http://chicagotalks.o...­
http://windycitizen.c...­
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