Illinois comptroller launches data website

Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 5:30 a.m.CDT

CHICAGO – The Illinois comptroller's office has launched a data website that gives users a daily snapshot of the state's finances, employee salaries and contracts.

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka unveiled what her office calls "The Ledger" on Monday. She said it's a user-friendly site that sets a new standard for transparency.

Topinka said much of the information on the new site was already available online. But it hasn't been pulled together in one place or hasn't been complete.

Visitors to the website can see the state's backlog of unpaid bills, the balance of the general fund, state financial reports and bond rating information. It also gives detailed salary information of new hires. The site is updated daily.

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