- Jay Stewart's written testimony
- Judicial Watch's press release
- Committee Exhibit 34
- Committee Final Report (FOIA-related material starts on page 52)
Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn has created the Illinois Reform Commission, the latest in a very long line of efforts to convince voters that this state is finally going to get its shit together, no, really, we mean it this time. (Given that it never does and that the voters keep electing the larcenous and deranged anyway, I don't quite see the point.) Among its members are Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald, who hasn't had anything to do with government, ethics, or reform as far as I can tell and whose qualifications to sit on such a body are not immediately apparent to this observer but whose name does catch one's eye, and Douglas L. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D, a neurosurgeon whose presence one might suspect of serving as a commentary on the difficulty of reforming so much as a block club in this state. Its initial meeting today was held in conspicuous compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act during the day when nobody can attend. (No, some of us aren't ever happy.)
And lastly President Obama has reversed the infamous Ashcroft FOIA doctrine and brought transparency to the country's robots.txt file, laudable steps which I am sure his many vocal supporters among the elected Democrats of Chicago will waste no time in emulating, doing everything in their power to avoid unnecessarily denying a single FOIA request. Any minute now.1. I know that Paddy Bauler actually said
Chicago ain't ready for a reform mayor.Regrettably I find myself preferring the canonical lie.