Eli Savit
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Eli Savit officially takes over as Washtenaw County's new prosecutor in January 2021 but has already been meeting with community groups and planning major reforms to how the office operates and to the local criminal justice system.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Savit as his new position begins.

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Council will discuss the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday tonight that, if approved, should bring more transparency to the city.  

Debbie Dingell
Office of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

School is resuming across the country, but financial concerns weigh heavily as the federal government has yet to vote on a new budget or coronavirus relief measure.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to express her concerns and weigh in on a number of local and national environmental issues.  

Ypsilanti City Council unanimously accepted the resignation of city manager Darren McClary Thursday.  It has raised issues of implicit bias and governmental transparency.  It may also be a red flag as to the working relationships between the Mayor Beth Bashert and members of city council.  The Mayor addresses these issues in a morning-after perspective conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

Michigan House of Representatives
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The state Legislature returned last week to open its 100th session.

November Election 2018: Ypsilanti's Mayoral Race

Oct 18, 2018
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Voters in Ypsilanti are used to seeing their candidates run as Democrats.  That’s not the case this time around.  When the November 6th general election rolls around, voters in the city will find that four of the five candidate options for mayor are running as independents.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan wanted to find out why that is.  And, along the way, the candidates helped define some of the issues that drove them to run.  

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Democratic and Republican candidates for state office want to increase transparency in Michigan’s government.

Ann Arbor
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The Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission will meet tonight and possible creation of  a community police review board will be up for discussion.  

Michigan Launches New Tool For School Transparency

Jan 10, 2018
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Michigan parents now have a new tool to vet their child’s school. 

Freedom of Information Act
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Transparency in state government was up for a vote Thursday in Lansing.  The state House approved a package of bills that would open up the governor’s office and the legislature to freedom of information requests.

Creative Commons

It’s Sunshine Week – a time of year when issues of transparency and open government are put front and center.

Michigan House of Representatives
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An income tax rollback, a more transparent government, and reducing auto insurance rates - those are some of the main priorities for House Republicans during this session.  They rolled out the plan Thursday.

City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Police Department continues to use body cameras as part of a pilot program.