“A Republic, if you can keep it.” Benjamin Franklin, 1787
Today, we set a national precedent.
We opened the books. We posted the payroll and pensions of virtually every public employee from every level of Illinois government. Click here to visit the website.
Open the books on your local taxing body. See how they are spending your property, sales, and income taxes. Then, please forward this email to your entire address book.
Our purpose was to help you answer a simple question, “How much does my government cost?” For the first time in history, you can quickly and privately find an answer.
We’ve posted a quarter trillion dollars of government spending. From 2010 alone, our website contains over 900,000 individual salaries, retirement pensions and workers compensation claims.
Let us know what you think. Join the conversation on the blog, forthegoodofillinois.org.
Once you see what your government costs, you might be angry. Let’s channel that emotion constructively. Public officials that make decisions regarding public payroll and pensions need to be held accountable.
My promise was…”open the books”. Today, the books are open.
For The Good of Illinois | CEO
Illinois must be reformed by a million mouse clicks. Help us promote openthebooks.com . If you would like to write your local newspaper a letter to the editor, please respond to this email. We’ll send over some bullet points to get you started.