the Honorable Members of the
House of Representatives, 98th General Assembly:
accordance with Article IV, Section 9(b), of the Illinois Constitution, I
hereby veto House Bill 3796 from the 98th General Assembly.
Bill 3796 is a bill that reduces government transparency by limiting the
ability of citizens to seek public records under the Freedom of Information
Act. The bill as proposed would make it more difficult for citizens to obtain
a large volume of records. It would also slow down the process for individuals who
lack electronic means to request or obtain information. Such burdens on the
public penalize anyone seeking to learn more about their government.
Accordingly, I must
return this bill without my approval. Therefore, pursuant to Article IV,
Section 9(b) of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return House Bill
3796, entitled “AN ACT concerning government.”, with the foregoing objections,
vetoed in its entirety.