Open Meetings Electronic Training for Public Officials
As of January 1, 2012, elected and appointed members of public bodies are required to complete electronic training on the Open Meetings Act that is administered by the Illinois Attorney General's Public Access Counselor (PAC). Board or committee members may access this free electronic training through the PAC's website by clicking here.
Registration is required in order to receive the free electronic training. Elected or appointed members of public bodies should register as an OMA Public Body Member by clicking the corresponding box under Registration Information and providing the other required information. After registering, users will receive a username and password to login to the OMA/FOIA portal where the on-line Open Meetings Act training may be completed.
Upon completion of the training, public body members will receive a certificate. This certificate of completion should then be filed with your agency. All agencies must keep copies of these certificates on file for each of their board members.
Any person who is an elected or appointed member of a public body subject to the Act on January 2012, must complete the on-line training between January 1, 2012, and January 1, 2013. Any person who becomes an elected or appointed member of a public body subject to the Act after January 1, 2012, must complete the electronic training no later than 90 days after taking the oath of office or, if not required to take an oath of office, after otherwise assuming responsibilities as a member of the public body.
Unlike a public body's appointed Open Meetings and Freedom of Information officers who must annually complete electronic training, the legislation (HB 1670 (Public Act 97-0504) implementing these new training rules for elected and appointed public officials requires the training only once.