SPRINGFIELD – The question of how much information the public can know about public employees is headed for a fall showdown in Springfield.
Governor Pat Quinn used an amendatory veto on a proposed law that would have kept personnel files for all public works away from freedom of information requests. Quinn changed it so only cops would be exempt. Teachers, principals, and superintendents have already been protected.
Illinois News Broadcasters Association president Melissa Hahn says Quinn should be applauded for protecting open government.
But Anders Lindall with the public employee union AFSCME says the governor made a mistake.
Lawmakers will likely feel pressure to deal with Quinn’s veto after the November election.