Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help citizens keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For a complete list of You Oughta Know columns, go to www.kansas.com/oughta.
The record: Information about business licenses required by the city of Wichita.
Why you'd want it: To learn more about whether a company with whom you are doing business needs to be licensed. From adult entertainment establishments to the ownership of wells, the list features all the licenses the city requires.
Where you get the records: From the city's Web site, www.wichita.gov. You'll find business licenses listed on the left rail, under the heading document center.
How much it will cost: The information is free.