MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is honoring efforts to promote open government.
The council announced eight winners Thursday of its Openness Awards in advance of Sunshine Week. That's a national effort to draw attention to the public's right to know.
Among those was former Calumet County Supervisor Ken Stenklyft, who won the "Whistleblower of the Year."
Stenklyft wrote to the sheriff and county board members about problems with the emergency dispatch system. The county's lawyers blocked the letter's distribution claiming it was a personnel matter, so Stenklyft quit last May to gain attention to what he thought was a cover-up.
The "No Friend of Openness" award went to the Legislature for, among other things, skirting open meetings law when it passed a controversial law on public employee collective bargaining.