by Brian Costin
An audit of the New Trier Township area in northern Cook County revealed only 4 of 25 local
government agencies graded received a passing grade on basic online
The “Local Transparency Project”, a project of the non-partisan Illinois Policy Institute, consists of two separate transparency audits 6 weeks apart on 10 different online transparency categories
including elected & administrative official contacts, meetings,
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), budgets, financial audits,
expenditures, employee’s salary & benefits, contracts, lobbying, and
taxes & fees information.
Overall Transparency rankings for the New Trier Township area are
listed below. Full details attached here in excel.
Scores as of July 8th, 2010.
*As of August 5th, 2010 Wilmette improved their score to a 62.45.
*As of February 9th, 2011 the Village of Glencoe improved their score to a 92.5.
A special thank you goes out to Illinois Policy Institute Intern Rhys Seiffe, a resident of Wilmette, who led this transparency audit effort.