State Rep. David McSweeney's Open Meetings Act Reform Bill Clears Committee

A bill giving citizens a longer window to report Open Meetings Act violations is headed to the full Illinois House floor for a vote after clearing committee Thursday morning.

House Bill 175, sponsored by Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, unanimously passed the House Judiciary - Civil Committee and could come to a vote in the coming weeks. The bill, inspired by the debacle surrounding the Oakwood Hills power plant proposal, would allow people to report a possible violation of the act within 60 days of its discovery, rather than 60 days from the date of the meeting.

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