Illinois Policy Institute Awards Park Ridge for Transparency
March 21, 2014 11:48 AM
Improving online government transparency should be a goal for every government taxing body. Residents have a right to be educated about their municipality, know how their tax dollars are being spent, and be informed about the actions made by their government. Annually, the Illinois Policy Institute conducts audits of hundreds of Illinois’ nearly 7,000 local taxing body websites, working to make Illinois more transparent. This week, it was announced that Park Ridge was one of only 60 taxing bodies in Illinois who met the qualifications to receive the prestigious Sunshine Award from the Illinois Policy Institute.
In the fall of 2013, at the request of Mayor Schmidt, City Manager Shawn Hamilton prioritized the City completing the requirements to qualify to receive this award. Under his leadership, Hamilton was happy to learn that the City, for the first time ever, has received the Sunshine Award. According to Hamilton, “Transparency of government is one of my highest priorities, and I will continue to ensure that any and all documents are publicly available through our website. I am extremely proud that Park Ridge is a recipient of this award.”
Mayor Schmidt indicated that “Increased transparency has been a goal of mine since I first took office. I am pleased that our efforts over the past few years have finally been recognized. However, our goal should remain achieving the highest possible level of transparency, because the government belongs to the people, and they have every right to know how it is being run.”