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Transparency In Government

‚ÄčThe public policy provision states that "[i]t is the public policy of this State that public bodies exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business and that the people have a right to be informed as to the conduct of their business. In order that the people shall be informed, the General Assembly finds and declares that it is the intent of this Act to ensure that the actions of public bodies be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly." 5 ILCS 120/1. Advance notice is a part of this public policy, as is the principle that exceptions to openness requirements are to be interpreted narrowly. 5 ILCS 120/1. As the Appellate Court has stated, "[t]he clear intention of the legislature expressed in the Act favors, of course, open deliberation as well as open action." People ex rel. Hopf v. Barger, 30 Ill. App. 3d 525, 536 (Second Dist. 1975).