Study finds many county websites lack transparency

Aug 2, 2013

A study found many county government websites in Illinois don't provide much transparency.IPR’S Rich Egger reports.

The study was done by the Illinois Policy Institute. Vice President of Policy Ted Dabrowksi says most county websites fail to provide basic information such as public meeting schedules, public workers’ salaries and budget details. 

“A lot of this information is information that they have already. All they need to do is figure out how to get it up on the website which is pretty easy these days.”

Dabrowski is also critical of the 22 counties that still don’t have a website. That’s roughly one-fifth of the state’s counties. Dabrowski says the lack of a website makes it more difficult for residents to get information.