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.
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