In recent weeks, the Tribune described how the Daley administration routinely stonewalls public information requests. And over the past year, we've observed City Hall willfully withholding details on the mayor's stimulus wishlist, the database of police officers with numerous citizen complaints, and the criteria being used to close or reorganize Chicago Public Schools. So one might hope that, when asked about this culture of secrecy, Daley would acknowledge there's room for improvement. Instead, we get this:
"We've done everything here. We're leading the way with our inspector general, office of compliance, all the things we've done," Daley said. "We're more transparent than any other government. Look at it."
"We're doing a tremendous job here, we lead by example," he said.