New Site Allows Residents to Monitor Illinois

April 04, 2012

Illinois is one of the most disliked states in the country because it is perceived as politically corrupt.

In an effort to open up its doors and show residents that we are now on the level, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel last year launched a transparency website where you can see exactly what’s going on in the city.

Now Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has followed suit.

Topinka this week launched a new site called The Ledger that displays such things as state employee salaries, state contracts, state revenues and expenses, daily cash transactions, even a backlog of Illinois’ unpaid bills.

As an indirect tribute to former Illinois governor and now imprisoned Rod Blagojevich, the website even allows you to see who has given campaign contributions to state politicians.

“The Ledger is the most comprehensive, up-to-date online financial database that Illinois has seen,” said Topinka. “Beyond providing the day’s balances and transactions, the site allows taxpayers to inspect state revenues, expenses, contracts and salaries – all without having to move from their home computer.”

The site was created to provide transparency to our state’s government, which has quite the track record of corruption.

“If we know it, you’ll know it,” said Topinka. “We think it’s the only way we’re going to get the state back on a footing here on integrity and undercut some of this corruption that’s gone on and horseplay. So when you see it, it’ll be for real.”

The new site will automatically updated each day. Ready to see it? Visit Ledger.IllininoisComptroller.com.

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