Rep. Peter Breen Receives Unanimous House Approval on Transparency Bill

In an effort to improve transparency with regard to the Illinois Toll Highway Authority, State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) received unanimous House approval on Friday of legislation that would require the Authority to post all meeting agendas and contract details on its website.

SB 2291 would require the Toll Highway Authority to post to its web site all meeting agendas at least two business days in advance of any meeting. Agendas would also have to be posted at the Authority’s headquarters building. “The Illinois Toll Highway Authority is an agency funded entirely by taxpayer dollars,” said Breen. “Therefore, the people of Illinois deserve full transparency regarding the business the Toll Highway Authority conducts. This is a good government bill and I was proud to usher it through the House.”

According to Breen, the posted agendas must provide general subject matter of any issue that will be discussed for a potential final vote, and also include specific details concerning contracts for projects to be discussed for amounts over $100,000. The on-line agenda must also include Internet links that provide greater detail on the contracts.

SB 2291 was approved by the Senate in April, and with today’s House approval the bill will now be sent to Governor Bruce Rauner for final action.

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