Online resources on open records


Online resources on open records

Updated Aug. 26, 2011:  Here's more on the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and access to government records.

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At the federal level, here is a list of sources of records from the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting:


  • BRB Publications– links to thousands of free public records sites. You can click on any state and it will list all the searchable databases online. It’s quick, it’s easy.
  • Sunshine Review -A national effort, which lets you search by state and city too, at encouraging openness in government.
  • Sunlight Foundation offers more resources on openness at the national level.
  • Here are the winners of the American Society of News Editors' local heroes awards for Sunshine Week, including a woman who sued her county government when it wouldn't provide records, leading to a court decree; a citizens' group that gathers public records and shares information about their area; and a couple whose curiosity was aroused when their property tax check didn't get deposited properly.
  • (Added March 18) A records clearinghouse at Syracuse just got a bill for more than $110,000 for the description of a database from a federal agency.

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