In August 2009, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 189, which substantially revised the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and will take effect January 1, 2010. The intent of the law is to increase transparency and accountability in state and local government. The law declares that providing records in compliance with the Act is a primary duty of public bodies regardless of fiscal impact. In addition, a permanent Public Access Counselor Division (PAC) has been formed within the Attorney General’s office to oversee enforcement of the Act.
The goal of the Decatur Public Library is to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and provide access to the public body records in order to increase transparency and accountability to the Decatur community.