A national leader in bringing transparency to government spending, Adam Andrzejewski, (Angie-f-ski) the eldest of seven, was born in rural Herscher Illinois, a hardworking, small town and family farm community.
After working his way through Northern Illinois University, Adam and his brother successfully built a $20 million dollar business which employed 160. Today, HomePages® is the nation’s largest publisher of community telephone directories. Selling his share of the business to his brother in 2007, Adam began to focus on a life of public service.
In 2010, Adam ran for Governor of Illinois in the Republican primary. Adam was proud to be endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize winner and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, among others. During his campaign, Adam promised he would put “every dime online in real time.” Despite his loss on Election Day, Adam founded For the Good of Illinois (FGI) to fulfill his promise to put all Illinois local and state spending online as well as all federal government spending nationally.
OpenTheBooks.com, FGI’s transparency portal now has posted for public viewing the majority of all spending by the United States Government, the 50 States, and Illinois’ nearly 7,000 units of local government. OpenTheBooks.com officially launched first-to-market mobile Apps exposing federal spending to public scrutiny by smart phone in all ZIP codes. Teresa Mull from The American Spectator wrote about the FGI OpenTheBooks.com Apps, “This may be the smartest thing smart phones have yet produced.”
In March 2013, Sinclair Broadcast Group did a feature segment on the nightly news. Open The Books app was showcased in 30% of the country on 140 television stations including FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC affiliates. Click here to watch.
On May 29, 2013, Andrzejewski’s opinion editorial was published in The Wall Street Journal, “Track Government Spending on Your Phone“. Thereafter, the Open The Books app attained a rank as high as 3rd in Apple’s App Store- only the two search apps from Google ranked higher.
Adam is happily married and the proud father of three beautiful little girls. He is an avid runner, having run the Chicago Marathon on four occasions.
★ Posted the federal checkbook since 2000 with 100 million transactions totaling trillions of dollars: all contracts, loans, grants, insurance payments, farm subsidies, and direct payments
★ Posted all disclosed federal employees totaling 2.5 million with up to five year salary histories.
★ Posted 80% of the 50 States checkbook- vendor spending.
★ Posted 80% of the 50 States public employment and pensions.
★ Filed suit in Illinois to force Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to release state government checkbook details of Illinois line-by-line spending. By August 2013, the Comptroller has produced a large portion of the data, $23 billion in checkbook transactions. Litigation is on-going.
★ Winner of the 2012 Business Leader of the Year Award from Illinois Crime Commission.
★ Posted online the vendor spending of every public Illinois college and university, with 6.8 million checks for $ 69 billion in spending since 2004.
★ Posted online the vendor spending of 870 Illinois school districts totaling $52 billion in spending since 2006.
★ Posted the salaries and pensions of 1.1 million public employees from all levels of Illinois government.
★ Posted the City of Chicago checkbook totaling $80 billion dollars in spending since 2001.