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Rep. Foster Recognizes Naperville for Winning “Sunny Award”

Apr 9, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) submitted the following statement for the Congressional Record congratulating the city of Naperville, Illinois on receiving the “Sunny Award” for local government transparency.

Read more about the award here.

A full transcript is below.

Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride that I rise today to congratulate the city of Naperville, Illinois on its “Sunny Award” for local government transparency. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” and I believe this statement applies to all forms of government. 

The “Sunny Award,” awarded by the Sunshine Review, honors the most transparent government websites in the nation. The organization found that the Naperville website contained comprehensive information on meetings, elected and administrative officials, audits, lobbying, public records, contracts, taxes, and the budget. 

This honor was received by only 247 of the 7,000 government websites that were ranked during “Sunshine Week,” a period of national recognition among civic organizations and the media for achievements in open government. The Naperville government earned an A+ rating.

I would also like to acknowledge the city’s continued efforts to establish transparency. A portion of their website is now dedicated solely to updating citizens about how their tax dollars are being spent.

Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the City of Naperville, not only on this honor, but also on its ongoing effort to govern transparently and provide its constituents with unfettered access to information.