HOORAY FOR LISA MADIGAN
We confess that we were growing a bit worried. Tuesday was the deadline for Attorney General Lisa Madigan to order Gov. Bruce Rauner to turn over copies of his appointment calendar requested last spring by Illinois Times. We wanted to know why the governor walked out of a Holocaust remembrance ceremony at the Old State Capitol. We asked for the appointment calendar after the governor’s press office ignored an email asking where the governor had gone. In response to our Freedom of Information Act request, the governor provided a document that showed he had gone to a meeting with someone in the governor’s office, but the name, or names, of whomever was more important to Rauner than Holocaust victims was redacted, so we asked Madigan’s office to order the governor to name names. Under state law, the attorney general had only so long to issue what is called a binding opinion to compel the governor to turn over the document, including names, and on Tuesday, she did exactly that. The governor, Madigan’s office decreed, must give us what we asked for. But stay tuned. The Illinois Freedom of Information Act is notorious for its lack of penalties, so whether the governor will do what the law and the attorney general requires is still anyone’s guess.