By Caitlin Ginley, iWatch News by The Center for Public Integrity
Early last month, lawmakers in Iowa completed work on a new open records statute. Senate File 430 creates the Iowa Public Information Board, a nine-member commission charged with enforcing the state’s open records and meetings laws.
For good government advocates in the Hawkeye State, the new legislation was cause for celebration — sort of. (more…)
By Lilly Fowler, Fair Warning
Rescuers work at the scene of three boys trapped in a grain bin at Consolidated Grain and Barge in Mt. Carroll, Ill. Photo: Sauk Valley Media
Two summers ago, Wyatt Whitebread drowned in corn at the age of 14.
It happened on a hot July morning, while he was working at a grain handling operation in Mount Carroll, Ill. Soon after Whitebread climbed inside a storage bin to help empty it, equipment whirring nearby created a downward force, essentially turning the corn beneath the boy’s feet into quicksand. (more…)