Topinka: New Web Portal Allows The Public To Monitor State’s Finances

CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has launched a new Web site that allows the public, government watchdogs, and the media to follow the state’s finances more easily.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Topinka says the launch of the Web portal at is a welcome change for her.

“Being the chief fiscal officer in Illinois right now is like being one of your obituary writers at the newspaper, because I’ve only got bad news to report all the time,” Topinka said. “But this is really good news.”

At the site, users can see the state’s funds’ balance, the amount of unpaid bills, state contracts, and employee salaries, among other data.

“I think it raises the level of transparency in our state finances for the first time ever, and it allows you and the public to follow the money in real time,” Topinka said.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

  • zatso

    She sounds like our lady who just resigned from the GSA in DC for the lavish 800K party in VEGAS.

    She had controls in place also.

    IDIOTS, let’s wake up!


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  • sheri jefferies

    this should have been years ago before our state got into this mess. i salte topinka for doing this great job judy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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