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Illinois’ Legislative Inspector General currently is subjected to political influence or even silencing by members of the General Assembly.
A bill to make more public records readily available would better show taxpayers how local governments spend money.
Illinois’ legislative inspector general investigates complaints against state lawmakers, but a commission of their peers can – and did – bury those findings, the former inspector said. A new bill would change that.
The former chair of the influential Senate Transportation Committee is the fourth Illinois politician indicted on federal charges amid a sweeping FBI probe.
An ongoing corruption probe targeting Illinois officeholders has shown there’s no unit of government too small to invite the attention of federal investigators.
The Illinois General Assembly passed over 600 new laws in 2019. Some helped taxpayers, but many more hurt as they spent $85 billion while doing little to fix the pension crisis.
The Open Illinois Checkbook Act would shed light on Illinois state finances. It is now en route to the Illinois Senate.
Local governments must maintain certain financial records, but not all make it easy for taxpayers to obtain it. A bill headed to the Illinois House floor would put local government financial records online.
The new law will bring more transparency to Illinois school districts’ administrative costs, which are among the highest in the nation.
Nearly 600 bills are on their way to the governor, some of which would be encouraging changes to the status quo.