Contact Information

Center for Open Government

Natalie Brouwer Potts
565 W. Adams St., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60661
P: (312) 906-5050
F: (312) 906-5299

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Open Government/Government Watchdog Law

The Center for Open Government advises and represents citizens or citizens groups who need legal assistance in their efforts to hold government accountable.

  • We represent citizens who need assistance in drafting requests for information pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, (FOIA) or in filing administrative appeals, when such requests have been denied.
  • We represent citizens or citizens groups who choose to litigate denials of FOIA requests.
  • We represent citizens or citizens groups who seek to challenge public bodies that fail to comply with the openness required by the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
  • We will consider participating in other citizen litigation on a case by case basis.

All legal services will be provided on a pro bono basis. However, clients are expected to pay any costs or fees related to their litigation.