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FOIA, OMA, and Social Media - Keeping it Legal

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

NIU Rockford 8500 E. State St.

NIU's Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) will be entering its 9th year of offering engaging and timely training programs for elected and appointed leaders and senior managers in government and not-for-profit agencies in the state of Illinois.

The Academy's seminars allow for in-person interactions with fellow participants and instructors using experiential learning techniques. The training program offers a series of workshops across an array of topics central to being an effective governmental leader in the 21st century. The one–day workshops are designed to give participants new skills for personal effectiveness and growth in their professional/governmental roles. Each workshop stands on its own. However, taken together the entire series provides the tools necessary to be a leader in tackling the challenges of a changing region.

Upon completion, participants who have completed four courses (two core courses and two electives) are eligible for recognition via a Certificate of Completion.

September 18, 2013  Rockford  Evening  7:00 - 9:00 PM, No Meals Provided FOIA, OMA, and Social Media - Keeping it Legal
Presented by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas
8.   Democratic Advocacy
17. Citizen Participation & Integrity

• Gain an understanding of Illinois “Sunshine Laws”
• Learn about the pitfalls of social networking

Transparency in government is more than just a buzz word - it is the law.  In this session, you will learn about the Illinois "sunshine laws" (Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act) and how these laws affect local governments, officials, and employees.  The session will also explore some of the legal pitfalls in the use of technology (emails, text messages, and social networking) by local government officials and employees, and how to address, and hopefully avoid, these issues.


Event Type

Academic, Speakers


Center for Governmental Studies, Centers



$49.00 includes materials

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