Last night, in a forum about Mayor Emanuel’s first 100 days, Inspector General Joseph Ferguson said this: “What you’ve seen is a new day in some respect in driving a great deal of the transparency issue, putting forth into the public domain a lot of information that has existed and been available, but has not been very accessible. Transparency, however, is really just a component of accountability. And accountability is the key ingredient, ultimately, to effectiveness and efficiency.”
I couldn’t agree more. While Mayor Emanuel should definitely be praised for making an unprecedented amount of information available online, it is only one small part of how to make the City more accountable to taxpayers. His work is far from over.
What’s more, the information that is available online should be provided in a format that is easy to use, so that anyone who is interested can easily navigate through it, without spending hours combing through cumbersome PDFs.
If you’re interested in hearing more, the forum will air on WBEZ 91.5 at 9am on Friday. See the full story in today’s Chicago Tribune here.