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Evanston Website Wins Award for Transparency

The city was one of 214 governments to receive a 'Sunny Award.'

The has received an A+ from an open government advocacy group for its website, earning it a 2012 “Sunny Award.”

The Sunshine Review is a nonprofit organization that encourages government transparency. Its annual Sunny Awards look at state, county, city and school district websites and evaluate their transparency.

Evanston was one of 214 government entities to win the award out of the more than 6,000 websites reviewed, according to the Sunshine Review.

The organization noted the availability of lobbying information, current and past budgets, and information on zoning and planning, as well as contact info for city officials in awarding Evanston its A+.

The awards coincide with Sunshine Week this week, which is recognized by news organizations across the country to celebrate the efforts taken to increase government transparency.

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Richard Schulte March 15, 2012 at 01:25 PM
How about information on pensions and the pension system funding for muni employees?
Teresa Hymes March 15, 2012 at 08:51 PM
What happened to the Evanston police blotter? I can do without the "wacky crimes" in the surrounding suburbs.
Emily Stone March 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Hi Teresa, We're evaluating how to best do the blotter and it's on hold until we come up with a good plan. Thanks for your interest.
fishman March 16, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Transparent my ......Tilted Kilt. How would anyone know if a certain Government was being transparent unless you knew what they were up to in the first place? How convenient for this award to arrive at the same time Evanston’s’ transparency is being seriously called in to question. Happy FOIA Day everyone! http://www.foia.gov/2011foiapost26.html
fishman March 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
please read - http://www.cdobs.com/archive/featured/evanston-political-theater-of-the-abusurd/

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