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Quinn orders Illinois agencies to share more data

Published: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is ordering state agencies to make more data available online and urging local governments to do the same.

Agencies now have to make sharing data a priority when setting up new computer systems. They also have to step up their efforts to find raw data to share.

Information ranging from daily traffic to retail sales is already available. But that's just a fraction of the facts and figures generated by state government.

Agencies have four months to produce a plan for complying with the executive order issued Tuesday.

A "chief information officer" will establish policies to guide the project. Quinn says local governments can use that policy manual to launch their own transparency efforts.

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Online: State data hub: http://data.illinois.gov

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