Monday, October 28, 2013, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka opened up "The Warehouse," a comprehensive online database that will supply taxpayers with local government financial information without filing a Freedom of Information request and waiting weeks or months to obtain the information.
The Warehouse contains financial reports from 5,200 counties, municipalities, and special taxing districts across the state which the Comptrollers office collects each year. Visitors are able to search records by report type, unit of government or community name. Once a local government is selected, users will be taken to a landing page where they can view a snapshot of local finances, Annual Financial Reports and Audits. The site also offers a “compare data” feature allowing visitors to see how one government stacks up against another.
“The fact is that government acts more responsibly when it knows people are watching,” Topinka said. “The Warehouse builds on the tremendous success of The Ledger – and let me assure you, we’re not done yet.”
The Ledger, was Topinka’s first initiative that allows taxpayers to view the state's financial records, budgets and employee salary database.
By opening the Warehouse, Comptroller Topinka once again has added to the increase of transparency and accountability of state and local government for taxpayers across Illinois.