Governor Signs HB303

Chicago, IL… Today Governor Rauner signed into law legislation which will include severance and settlement agreements that use public funds under the scope of the Freedom of Information Act. Representative McDermed’s House Bill 303 is a much needed win for government transparency.

Similar legislation, prompted as a response to the Metra scandal in 2013, previously stalled in the State Senate. A second scandalous six figure severance package that was awarded this past year to the outgoing president at the College of DuPage renewed calls for reform to such ‘golden parachutes’.

“This important piece of legislation has been a long time coming and is the culmination of years of hard work by both former Representative Kosel and myself. I want to thank Senator Althoff for all her work in helping get this bill through the Senate” Rep McDermed said. “This legislation will help us to make sure that we are shining a light on government spending and agreements entered in to by public bodies. The greater the transparency in government, the greater the accountability.”

House Bill 303 near unanimously sailed through both legislative chambers this past spring.