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An organization called For the Good of Illinois has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Comptroller’s Office, claiming violations of the Freedom of Information Act. The group’s founder, Adam Andrzejewski, claims his organization asked for one year’s worth of aggregate State of Illinois spending, or what he refers to as the “state checkbook”. He said requests were filed and granted with other agencies, and that an even larger request was granted by the city of Chicago, with 10 years of similar data.
“And within 10 days, a beautiful Excel database arrived at our office, with 6.8 million checks, covering that 10 year period, for $78 billion of spending,” Andrzejewski said. “That is actually a larger request than what we requested for just one year in state government.”
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