Illinois Justices Rule Chicago Can’t Destroy Cop Misconduct Records

A Chicago police union’s collective-bargaining agreement requirement that the police department destroy all officer disciplinary records after five years is unenforceable because it conflicts with public policy and state records law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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Virus Panel Demands White House File Economic Forecasts

With 40 million Americans unemployed and cases of Covid-19 cropping up at record rates in several states, the congressional watchdog tasked with overseeing the Trump administration’s response to the continuing pandemic wants answers from the White House about why it will not submit routine economic forecasts.

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Experts Urge Testing and Transparency in First Coronavirus Panel Hearing

The pathway out of the Covid-19 pandemic demands testing and well-coordinated strategy but it also requires transparency, a group of public health experts told a new congressional body tasked with overseeing the federal government’s response to the crisis.

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Oregon Public Records Advocate Resigns

Oregon Governor Kate Brown appointed the state’s first public records advocate in 2018 as part of a campaign to improve transparency, but her office stymied the chance of that happening, according to advocate Ginger McCall, who said in her resignation letter Monday that she was pressured to act secretly in the governor’s best interests.

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