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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.
The Land of Lincoln received the lowest possible grade in budget forecasting and legacy costs.
The gas the Mautino campaign claims to have purchased over 16 years would equate to more than 35,000 miles every year. The circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles.
Negotiations between government-worker unions and governing bodies are conducted behind closed doors, away from public scrutiny. And yet taxpayers are required to pay for whatever extravagant benefits the unions obtain. Recently a bill in the General Assembly would have brought more transparency – and accountability – to the process, but it failed to make it out of committee.
Corruption from several public officials in Metro East underscores the need for more government transparency in the area.
Headlines in June show why Chicago is considered one of the most corrupt cities in the world.
Legislation to make union-contract negotiations more transparent has been repeatedly proposed, but lawmakers continue to opt for secrecy at taxpayers’ expense.