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AG Madigan Proposes Crack Down On Government Secrecy

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is proposing changes to the state open records law that it says would dramatically cut down on abuse by public agencies.

Madigan's office on Tuesday released a series of proposed revisions to the state's Freedom of Information Act. The revised act would give the attorney general binding authority to interpret the open records law and settle public records disputes.

Public agencies statewide would have to report to Madigan's office when they cited privacy as a reason for denying a records request. They would no longer be able to refuse requests as "unduly burdensome."

Critics say the changes would make the law too complex.

The revisions will be put into a bill to be considered by state lawmakers.

-ASSOCIATED PRESS

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