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“Here’s a novel idea: Draw up the contract, dot the i’s and cross the t’s, then release it to the public before voting.

“State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, has introduced bills in Springfield that would require governments and taxing bodies to post online copies of draft contracts as soon as the two sides reach an agreement — before a contract is voted up or down. Sunlight would give taxpayers a chance to weigh in on the costs they eventually would shoulder.

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