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Illinois Policy Institute Sunshine Award Winner

Photo Credit: Eric M. Poders

During the April 17, 2014 board meeting, Brian Costin, Director of Government Reform for the Illinois Policy Institute presented their Sunshine Award for outstanding online transparency performance to the Board of Trustees of the Niles Public Library District.

To earn a Sunshine Award, a local government must score an 80 percent or above on the Local Transparency Project’s 10-Point Transparency Checklist.

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The Niles Public Library scored 85.3 and is the first library district in Illinois to receive the award.

According to Board President Morgan Dubiel, “Libraries are all about access to information. That includes our information. We represent the people of the District and we're leading the way on transparency. It's their money. They have an absolute right to look over our shoulder and see how we spend it.”