Editorial: Illinois Pays app another step toward more transparency

One of the ways to improve government is to make it easier for taxpayers to see how money flows through the system. It's often called transparency. The office of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has taken another step in that direction in announcing a new mobile application called Illinois Pays.
The app is free and can be downloaded at the Apple and Google Play stores.

“Illinois Pays gives you quick and easy access to the latest news and announcements from the comptroller’s office,” said Topinka. “It also allows vendors to set up the app to view the most recent payments we have deposited in their bank accounts.”

The app allows users to get an up-to-date view of the state's financial status, the ratings from various firms and other news from the comptroller's office that controls the state's “checkbook'' in addition to serving as the state's chief fiscal office. For vendors who have business with the state, the app should be particularly useful. It's no secret many vendors wait months to receive payment from the state. With this app, vendors can track their payments and see when the state might have the money to pay their bills. Continue>>>