Open Meetings Act

The Illinois Open Meetings ActThe Open Meetings Act (OMA) is a state law that requires that meetings of the Village be open to the public except in certain specific, limited situations (discussed in more detail below) where the law authorizes the Village to close a meeting. The OMA also provides that the public must be given advance notice of the time, place and subject matter of the meetings of the Village. As part of its committment to open government, the Village of Frankfort works diligently to ensure all its meetings are held in conformance with the OMA and open to the public.

Closed MeetingsThe Open Meetings Act permits the Village to meet in private for specific purposes. Some of the reasons the Village might hold a closed meeting or close a portion of its meeting to the public are listed below. All reasons are identified by state law under 5 ILCS 120/2(c).

  • Appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees;
  • Collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives;
  • Selection of a person to fill a vacancy in public office;
  • Purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body;
  • Setting of a price for sale or lease of property owned by the public body;
  • Litigation, when an action against, affecting or on behalf of the particular public body has been filed and is pending before a court or administrative tribunal, or when the public body finds that an action is probable or imminent;
  • Discussion of minutes of meetings lawfully closed under this Act.