Illinois OpenBook Lets Citizens Track Influence

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger has launched a new effort that will allow citizens to compare campaign contributions and public contract awards online. The tool, called Illinois OpenBook is the newest government transparency portal released by the state.

By combining information from the Comptroller’s accounting system with information collected by the Illinois State Board of Elections, residents are able to enter the name of an organization that does business with the State of Illinois and look at the political contributions that entity or its employees have made. Continue…