CHICAGO - After 10 months of battling in court, For the Good of Illinois won access to all Illinois' public payments made since 1996, and will have them online soon. The state checkbook for 2013 is now available at www.openthebooks.com.
"We sued because the Comptroller refused to show citizens the state checkbook and the Attorney General refused to do anything about it," For the Good's CEO Adam Andrzejewski said in January.
Celebrating the victory, For the Good says they've shown:
1. Citizens own the State of the Illinois' checkbook spending information
2. The Comptroller has a constitutional duty to provide this data on request
3. The Comptroller has a duty under Freedom of Information Act to fulfill requests
4. Citizens cans request the state checkbook from the Comptroller, from 1996 forward.
Already, Illinois' 2013 checkbook is online, and the top 10 amounts logged for 2013 include $1,106,484,885 to the Teachers' Retirement System, $980,581,420, along with checks to the Treasurer's office and Health and Human Services. More at OpenTheBooks.com: