Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Glenbard District 87 Superintendent David Larson shares examples of how the district ensures transparency in the community.
As a public entity, supported by community tax dollars, it is important for a school district to be visible, accessible, open and accountable. Being as transparent as possible with information, initiatives, and documents helps builds confidence, predictability and stability with parents and the greater community. What are the different behaviors and approaches that Glenbard District 87 practices that ensure a high level of transparency with the community? The following are a few examples: In a return on the community's investment, Glenbard District 87 always strives for quality and excellence in all of its programs and services for our students. Ensuring a high level of transparency helps us to be responsive and reflective to the public…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
State Representatives Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) and Tom Cross (R-Oswego) have introduced three pieces of legislation that would require local governments to be more transparent and accountable to tax payers.
The Village of Glen Ellyn has recently said it is doing more to increase its transparency with tax payers and residents by updating its website and putting more information, including employee salaries, online. Now, two legislators are introducing legislation, which would require more transparency from local governments and taxing bodies. Last week, State Representatives Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) and Tom Cross (R-Oswego) introduced three initiatives with the goal of greater transparency and state and local government accountability to tax payers. “With all the well-documented fiscal problems Illinois faces, there are some easy things we can do to increase government transparency and save taxpayer money,” Sandack said in a news …
Monday, February 11, 2013
A review of information recently released, including employee compensation, reveals that titles and salaries are provided. But, employee names are not provided along with compensation information.
Last year, the Village of Glen Ellyn earned an “F” for transparency in an audit of its website. The Illinois Policy Institute conducted an audit of school and municipal websites to determine the availability of public information. At that time, the village said it was taking steps to improve its transparency. On Friday, the village said in a news release that it has made updates to its website to include more information on village memberships, village employee compensation, individual and yearly expenditures. A visit to the Village of Glen Ellyn’s website shows the specified information listed on the homepage under “Latest News.” A review of the employee compensation information does provide some detail of employee compensation for those …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
In the next month the Village of Glen Ellyn plans to add information on salaries and payments to its website in the hopes of raising its rating with the Illinois Policy Institute.
The Village of Glen Ellyn responded Tuesday to a recent audit, which gave the village a failing grade for online transparency. Last week, the Illinois Policy Institute released the results of its audit, which among a number of criteria, looked at how much information was readily available on municipal entities websites. The village was one of the communities given a failing grade. Glenbard District 87 was another local entity to receive a failing grade. Dubbed “The Local Transparency Project,” the grades were based on the availability to the public of vital community information such as public meeting schedules, government employee salaries and tax rates. Since the institute launched the project in February 2010, more than 160 government …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
As we start a new week, it's always good to get caught up on state politics. Here's an easy guide to what happened last week.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Editor's Note: This article was created by aggregating news articles from Illinois Watchdog, formerly Illinois Statehouse News. SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn increased transparency in one part of state government this week, but his own office failed to release emails that could shine light on his handling of public discourse about prison closures. Prepaid tuition fund to become more transparent Illinois families who invested in the state’s troubled prepaid tuition program will enjoy more transparency in the system because of legislation signed into law Wednesday. The bill, House Bill 3923, requires meetings about the state’s prepaid tuition fund, known as College Illinois!, to be open to the public under the state’s Open Meetings Act. The …