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Kane County touts perfect score on transparency

Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Kane County on Wednesday touted praise it received for its website, pointing to a recent item from the Illinois Policy Institute that identified it as the only county website in the state to score 100 percent for transparency.

According to the article, an audit revealed that Kane was one of three in Illinois to score 90 percent or higher, joining Will (95.4 percent) and DuPage (90.8 percent), a county news release said.

The county’s website is www.countyofkane.org.

“We are very proud to be recognized for our level of commitment to transparency,” Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said in the release. “Everyone at Kane County has and continues to work very hard to make sure that we have as accurate and useful information available on our website as we can.”

The Illinois Policy Institute measured categories such as posting calendars and agendas before meetings and posting instructions on how to file a Freedom of Information Act request. The checklist recommended that counties post information such as budgets, audits, expenditures, employee compensation, contracts, lobbying and tax information.

The article said most Illinois counties scored low on the audit, noting that 22 counties do not even have a website. The average score was listed as 25.7 out of a possible 100.

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