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Cook County Joins Open Data Movement

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 22 2011

Cook County, Il. — the county that encompasses Chicago — will implement transparency and open government plans including an open data portal, county officials announced on Monday.

The county's blog says County Commissioner John Fritchey was slated to introduce an open government ordinance on Wednesday based in part on the Local Open Government Directive, a model piece of legislation drafted by open government advocates from Code for America, the Sunlight Foundation, OpenPlans, Colorado Smart Communities, CityCamp Colorado and others, and released in January of this year.

There may have been others, but this is the first example that I've seen of a locality actually adopting the model framework set out by the Local Open Government Directive.