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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 12, 2018 1:00 am

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Chicago case shrouded in secrecy

If you are attuned to such things, every few days you can see examples of the unending fight to keep the workings of government in the open.

Last week, The Chicago Tribune reported that numerous news organizations have filed a motion to open court proceedings in the case of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, charged with killing a man holding a knife by shooting him 16 times. The 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, captured on video that was kept secret by authorities for almost a year, has spawned nationwide interest.

“The process under Judge Vincent Gaughan has been so secretive, the news media's motion says, that it is impossible to even know what filings have been made in court by Van Dyke's lawyers and the special prosecutors,” the Tribune reported.

Sunshine Week is an annual celebration of the fight to keep public information and proceedings open to the people government is supposed to represent. That, of course, means you.