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Still Standing Strong October 21, 2009

Posted by Janet Hughes in People reaching the stars.
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Kudos to Dianne Barrett, Deborah Boyle, Liz Chaplin, Tim Millar, Scott O’Connell, and Laura Rabattini for persisting in their efforts to protect the rights of people to open access of public records.

The Chicago Tribune’s “Watchdog” series featured these board members, including me, in Tuesday’s news focus, “Your government in secret: Public officials blocked out too.”

Thanks to excellent investigative work, Chicago Tribune reporter Noreen Ahmed-Ulah exposed a serious issue affecting government today.

I also wish to thank these Tribune photographers: David Banks, Heather Charles, Lane Christiansen, and David Pierini.  Your photos in the print edition were great!

Read the full story here.

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible. —Anonymous



1. Janet Hughes - October 23, 2009

A big thanks to Tribune reporter Noreen Ahmed-Ulah for the excellent “Watchdog” investigative story. (“Public officials blocked out too,” News Oct. 20)

As an elected official who ran for public office to effect change, I’m thrilled the Tribune is spotlighting this serious issue. Board members have the right to review documents that are germane to that board member’s duty to audit. Government needs to be accountable to the people.

Thomas Jefferson’s quote hits home: “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

I look forward to the new state’s public records law effective January 1, 2010.

2. Susan Petrarca - October 25, 2009

Unfortunately, our local Lemont paper isn’t getting the story straight. Here’s the text of an email I sent on Friday October 23. Like the previous letters critical of the Reporter-Met’s coverage, this won’t be published, either:
A couple of comments on stories in today’s paper:

It’s rather baffling for a news outfit to label Freedom of Information Act requests as a burden. So District 113A gets “bogged down” with requests — so what? The District is in woeful financial shape — at least some citizens appear to be concerned enough to look for clues — it’s their right, not the District’s burden.

Journalists should be defending and championing efforts to disclose the truth, not printing excuses for the administration. To see how this is done, read Noreen Ahmed-Ullah’s report, “Your government in secret,” in the Oct 20th Chicago Tribune.

As for the Lemont Library the real story is the tax increase planned, on the basis of an increase in expenses that neither inflation nor the current economy warrants. Missed that too — strange, since the ad for the public hearing on the tax increase was printed in your paper.

If the mission of the Lemont Reporter-Met is to serve as the public relations arm of the various government entities, you’re right on the money.

Susan Petrarca

3. Janet Hughes - October 31, 2009
4. Laura Rabattini - November 5, 2009

You go girl!

5. Larry Schauff - November 5, 2009

Sorry, don’t have time to read the whole article, but I did get the part about public records that are not so public. I have said for many years there is so much wrong doings going on in all levels of government, and it just should not be. So why? Is there too many distractions going on all around us for anyone to become curious to the things they should be paying more attention to? That would be my guess. So, now I wonder if those distractions are put into place so a certain “kind” or “level” of ppl can do what they want when they want?
Sure seems like it with the big company CEO’s taking the money and running with it, then begging for bankruptcy.
Didn’t mean to get off the subject, but then again, did I really?
Thanks for all you are doing Janet!

6. Aletta - November 13, 2009

Thank you for all the work you do , proud to be your friend !!

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