Illinois Compiled Statutes
Information maintained by the Legislative
Updating the database of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) is an ongoing process.
Recent laws may not yet be included in the ILCS database, but they are found on this site as Public
soon after they become law. For information concerning the relationship between statutes and Public Acts, refer to the
Because the statute database is maintained primarily for legislative drafting purposes,
statutory changes are sometimes included in the statute database before they take effect.
If the source note at the end of a Section of the statutes includes a Public Act that has
not yet taken effect, the version of the law that is currently in effect may have already
been removed from the database and you should refer to that Public Act to see the changes
made to the current law.
5 ILCS 120/3
(5 ILCS 120/3)
(from Ch. 102, par. 43)
(a) Where the provisions of this Act are not complied with, or
where there is probable cause to believe that the provisions of this Act
will not be complied with, any person, including the State's Attorney
of the county in which such noncompliance
may occur, may bring a civil action in the circuit court for the judicial
circuit in which the alleged noncompliance has occurred or is about to occur,
or in which the affected public body has its principal office, prior to
or within 60 days of the meeting alleged to be in
violation of this Act or, if facts concerning the meeting are not discovered
within the 60-day period,
within 60 days of the discovery of a violation by the State's
Attorney or, if the person timely files a request for review under Section 3.5, within 60 days of the decision by the Attorney General to resolve a request for review by a means other than the issuance of a binding opinion under subsection (e) of Section 3.5.
Records that are obtained by a State's Attorney from a public body for purposes of reviewing whether the public body has complied with this Act may not be disclosed to the public. Those records, while in the possession of the State's Attorney, are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
(b) In deciding such a case the court may examine in camera any portion
of the minutes of a meeting at which a violation of the Act is alleged to
have occurred, and may take such additional evidence as it deems necessary.
(c) The court, having due regard for orderly administration and the public
interest, as well as for the interests of the parties, may grant such
relief as it deems appropriate, including granting a relief
by mandamus requiring that a meeting be open
to the public, granting an injunction against future violations of this
Act, ordering the public body to make available to the public such portion
of the minutes of a meeting as is not
authorized to be kept confidential under this Act, or declaring null and
void any final action taken at a closed meeting in violation of this Act.
(d) The court may assess against any party, except a State's Attorney,
reasonable attorney's fees and other litigation costs reasonably incurred
by any other party who substantially prevails in any action brought in
accordance with this Section, provided that costs may be assessed against
any private party or parties bringing an action pursuant to this Section
only upon the court's determination that the action is malicious or frivolous
(Source: P.A. 99-714, eff. 8-5-16.)