Comments on: Chicago infrastructure trust – and water privatization? http://www.newstips.org/2012/08/chicago-infrastructure-trust-and-water-privatization/ Chicago Community Stories Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:18:42 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.12 By: Curtis http://www.newstips.org/2012/08/chicago-infrastructure-trust-and-water-privatization/comment-page-1/#comment-16348 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:21:13 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6578#comment-16348 Thanks, Grace. It is a little complicated.

Because the trust is a nonprofit and not a public entity, it is not covered by the state’s freedom of informtion or open meetings laws. The enacting ordinance said the trust will operate “in accordance with” those laws. But there is no enforcement provision.

As the Tribune reported, because the trust is not covered by those laws, “decisions to keep meetings closed or records private could not be appealed to the state attorney general or the courts.”

It will certainly be interesting to see how they handle FOIA requests once the deals start coming down. But according to watchdog organizations, how they handle such requests is pretty much up to them.

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By: Grace http://www.newstips.org/2012/08/chicago-infrastructure-trust-and-water-privatization/comment-page-1/#comment-16330 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:49:58 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6578#comment-16330 You should get your facts straight- CIT is not exempt from the Open Meetings Act or FOIA Requests. Check their website http://www.shapechicago.org for all meeting transcripts and videos

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By: Joe http://www.newstips.org/2012/08/chicago-infrastructure-trust-and-water-privatization/comment-page-1/#comment-10481 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:33:23 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6578#comment-10481 Private equity is all about extracting money for investors. These guys are the new robber barons. A classic mayoral move to enrich his buddies and evade public scrutiny. Welcome to the third Daley administration.

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By: Ash http://www.newstips.org/2012/08/chicago-infrastructure-trust-and-water-privatization/comment-page-1/#comment-10479 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:51:30 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6578#comment-10479 Remember the skyway? Better yet–remember the parking meters? Thank you Food and Water Watch for keeping our water systems and their management accountable to the public!

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By: Emily C. http://www.newstips.org/2012/08/chicago-infrastructure-trust-and-water-privatization/comment-page-1/#comment-10478 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:48:20 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6578#comment-10478 It’s crazy that private equity firms, who first destroyed our housing market, are now going after water systems. Thanks for covering this!

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