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posted: 6/22/2012 10:53 AM

DuPage forest launches transparency portal

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DuPage County Forest Preserve District officials have begun rolling out their transparency initiative announced earlier this year with the launch of a "Transparency Portal" on the district website, dupageforest.org.

Available as a link from each page of the website, the portal serves as a centralized source of frequently requested information, including district budgets, contact information, board of commissioners actions and employee salaries.

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Once the portal is fully functional, officials say the district will be the most transparent among similar governments in Illinois. Key portal elements include: searchable "open checkbook" showing all district spending; searchable salary information on all district employees; tax and fee information; list of lobbyists; better-organized meeting minutes, agendas and archived materials.

In coming weeks, the portal also will provide a Freedom of Information Act center, where residents can make and track requests, and contact information for a new transparency committee that will make recommendations for future transparency improvements.

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