PEKIN — Tazewell County residents will know a little more, and a little sooner, about the work of their County Board.

County Clerk John Ackerman, who campaigned on a promise of increasing transparency, announced that starting with this month's board meeting he'll be instituting several new policies to improve public awareness of board activities.

Board agendas are already posted on the county's website, but beginning on Monday — ahead of Wednesday's monthly meeting — the full board packet will also be available there for download.

That packet contains additional supporting information, including committee reports and staff recommendations about matters being considered by the board.

"The citizens should be entitled to the same info that County Board members have," Ackerman said.

Citizens have always been able to get hold of board packets ahead of the meeting, but "you had to know to ask for it," Ackerman said.

His office will also begin posting a post-meeting report by the day after the meeting — he hopes it can go up more quickly than that — detailing votes the board took at the meeting on its action items and how each member voted.

And the clerk's office will also post a preliminary draft of board meeting minutes as soon as they're prepared. Previously those were not made available online until the board voted to ratify a draft at its subsequent meeting, meaning a month or more could elapse before a formal record of meeting activities was available to the general public.