In a ceremony dedicating “Judy Baar Topinka Lane” at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Aug. 18, Gov. Rauner signed legislation preserving the legacy of transparency that the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka demonstrated throughout her career in office.
Comptroller Topinka was praised during the ceremony for her efforts to increase transparency in state government and provide the public with greater access to state and local fiscal data, specifically her creation of the Online Ledger and The Warehouse online public information databases.
The new law codifies the Online Ledger and The Warehouse under the State Comptroller, ensuring that they will be preserved and maintained, and that these resources will continue to be available to taxpayers.
The Ledger connects taxpayers to state financial records and other official reports and analyses. Information about the state’s fiscal condition, revenue, expenditures, state contracts, awards and grants, state employees and other reports are made available. The Warehouse offers similar information as it relates to local government finances.
The Ledger and The Warehouse are both accessible through the Illinois Comptroller’s website www.ioc.state.il.us/.
Click here to watch the highlights from the Aug. 18 dedication ceremony.