eNews Park Forest Welcomes Sunshine Week 2007


sunshine-week-logoPark Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– eNews Park Forest will join the National Newspaper Association in celebrating Sunshine Week 2007, March 11-17.  Tonda Rush, NNA public policy director, encourages support of Sunshine Week, "Keeping government open and accountable is the highest calling of a newspaper, and Sunshine Week provides an opportunity to refresh the mission."  NNA President Jerry Tidwell, publisher of the Hood County News in Granbury, TX, adds, "The Sunshine Week commentary doesn't have to be all negative.  Our local communities and officials are full of good intentions in most cases, and a great many public servants do their utmost to bring their operations into the daylight where citizens can participate and appreciate the machinery of government."

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know, according to the Sunshine Week website.  Sunshine Week is led by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of Miami.

Though spearheaded by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public's right to know what its government is doing, and why. Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.

Sunshine Week is a non-partisan initiative whose supporters are conservative, liberal and everything in between.




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Non-Partisan Local Government Forums Continue

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– The Committee for Non-Partisan Local Government in Park Forest has held three candidates' forums for those running for the office of Village President (Mayor), Village Trustee, and Library Trustee.  The last, held February 25 in Park Forest Village Hall, was sponsored by the Far South Suburban NAACP.  Park Forest resident Rev. Lawrence Balckful is president of the chapter.  Judge Ray Funderburk moderated the forum, which lasted almost 4 hours.

Three candidates' forums remain.  The next forum will be held Sunday, March 11, and will be sponsored by the Park Forest FOCUS.  Judge Funderburk is scheduled to moderate this forum as swell.  Other groups sponsoring future forums include Friends of the Library on March 18, and the Park Forest Cooperatives on March 25.

Members of the public are invited to attend and ask written questions.  Forums held at Village Hall will be televised on cable channel 4. 

The schedule follows:

Date Time Location Sponsor
Sunday, March 1 1 2:00 p.m. Village Hall Park Forest FOCUS
Sunday, March 18 2:00 p.m. Library Friends of the Library
Sunday, March 25 2:00 p.m. Village Hall Park Forest Cooperatives
Tuesday, April 17   Election Day  
Saturday, April 21 10:00 a.m. Village Hall Membership Meeting for Non-Partisan Committee

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