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Freedom of Information: Other Sunshine Laws


Review open meeting requirements.

In some circumstances, the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act may coincide in their application. For instance, the minutes of meetings properly closed under the Open Meetings Act may be kept secret under the Freedom of Information Act. And, during an open meeting having a discussion of documents that are otherwise exempt from disclosure under the deliberative process exemption may invalidate that exemption. This white paper reviews why understanding the basics of the Open Meetings Act is necessary for a full understanding of these particular exemptions. 



William W. P. Atkins

Johnson Bunce & Noble PC

  • Partner in the office of Johnson, Bunce & Noble PC
  • Previously Chief Civil Assistant State’s Attorney for Peoria County, Illinois
  • Previously Chief Civil Assistant State’s Attorney for Tazewell County, Illinois
  • Extensive experience advising and litigating concerning Freedom of Information Act issues and aspects of other Sunshine Laws
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops for groups such as the National District Attorneys Association, the Illinois Association of Purchasing Officials, The Illinois State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor, and the United Counties Council of Illinois, on numerous subjects, including Freedom of Information Act, Open Meetings Act, internet access to government records, ethical issues in government and various other topics
  • Member of the Federal Bar Association, Member of the Assembly of the Illinois Bar Association
  • J.D. degree, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 309-691-5690

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