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  1. Who would’ve thought that a school custodian and a farmer would ever be compared to the effective journalists of the Washington Post! Even better than that, however, was how this showed that the average citizen can access the power of the Freedom of Information Act to bring about effective change by exposing the corruption going on in small towns all over Illinois and that you don’t need to have any special background to prepare you to hold government officials accountable. Anybody can do this. All they need is the desire to do so. I hope that this will end the fatalism that the host mentioned so many Illinoisans feel when it comes to the widespread corruption all around them. I think the specific stories you tell might very well pique the interest of listeners enough to get them to try making a Freedom of Information Act request to their own municipalities. That one about the dry cleaning bills in Maine Township- just unbelievable.

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