This meetup will focus on open records. Here’s a description of the meeting from our two speakers:
The open data movement in Chicago provides a wealth of opportunity to analyze, publicize and criticize the functions of city government. But it falls short of the kind of transparency that lets the public see how Mayor Rahm Emanuel actually governs. For that, you need open records. And those are too often in short supply. Join Chicago Tribune investigations editor Jim Webb and Tribune investigative reporter Dave Kidwell for a discussion about government transparency, why records are worth fighting for and what works or doesn’t under Illinois’ weak Freedom of Information Act.