“We aren’t asking the Comptroller to lead the charge
on openness and accountability – only to follow the law.”
Nine months ago, we filed a Freedom of Information Act request with
Republican Comptroller Judy Baar-Topinka to open
the State of Illinois checkbook. It was rejected…
Click here to see Comptroller’s Rejection Letter
How can taxpayers have confidence in any proposed state pension solution, if elected officials are hiding line by line spending?
The Comptroller asserted that multiple staff members would have to work three days to fulfill the request and this was an “undue burden” on her office.
We only asked for one year of spending!
Is the Comptroller really going to argue that in this electronic age state government can’t produce a timely and organized checkbook? That our request can be denied for little more than saying it’s inconvenient is inexcusable.
Eight months ago, we quietly appealed to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office for help. Initially, the Democratic Attorney General opened a case saying, “… further inquiry is warranted“. But after a few perfunctory phone calls and letters, we’ve had five months of silence.
Tomorrow, we unveil our lawsuit, For The Good of Illinois, Inc v. Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar-Topinka, to compel production of the State of Illinois checkbook. Our suit is the result of the two biggest names in both parties refusing to simply show us the money.
Stand with us! You are invited to attend our press conference in Springfield: click here for the Media Advisory.
WHAT: For The Good of Illinois press conference
WHEN: Tuesday, January 8th at 10AM
WHERE: Howlett Auditorium, State of Illinois Michael J. Howlett Building, 501 S. 2nd Street, Springfield – at Second St. & Edwards; enter through northwest doors facing Capitol Building, first floor
At Openthebooks.com, our mission is to post online every dime taxed and spent at every level of Illinois government.
It shouldn’t take a lawsuit to see all the gory details.
For The Good of Illinois | CEO
PS– We are a team and need your investment. Help us “Open the Books” and post “Every Dime” of government spending online… please help by investing $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500 today
Jack Roeser founder of Family Taxpayer Foundation and Renaissance PAC stepped up with generous personal support, thank you Jack. Won’t you help us too?