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Topinka launches revamped Comptroller’s website

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2011

Comptroller acts to improve transparency and accountability

 

Chicago, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka announced the launch of a new office website that includes easy-to-access state financial records and reports, links to social network newsfeeds, Comptroller program and service information, and enhanced search capabilities that allow the public to “follow the money.”

The revamped site for the Illinois Office of the Comptroller can be viewed at www.ioc.state.il.us.

“This new site gives our office a virtual facelift,” said Topinka, who became the state’s Chief Fiscal Officer in January. “This upgrade will make it easier for taxpayers to access information, and prove to be an invaluable tool for improving the efficiency, transparency and accountability of state government.”  

Specifically, changes to the Comptroller’s website will allow the public to more easily:

·         Access state contractor information, and check political contributions made by those doing business with the state

·         Examine the finances of Illinois government in real-time through greater access to detailed fiscal information, including debt levels, bond ratings and fund balances

·         Check on the status of vendor payments from the state

·         Search the state’s uncashed checks, and begin the process of recovering money

·         Learn more about office programs and services, including Check for Cash, Direct Deposit and Take Charge Illinois

·         Sign-up for Comptroller news and publications, and social media newsfeeds

·         Contact Comptroller Topinka and office staff

The new website is part of Topinka’s ongoing effort to modernize the Comptroller’s office, and make it more accessible to taxpayers. Additional initiatives will be announced in coming weeks.

“Illinois residents in particular appreciate the importance of government transparency and accountability, and the Comptroller’s Office can play a substantial role those areas,” Topinka said. “We have the opportunity to transform our state from a national punch line to a leader in ethics and transparency, and I am pleased to assist in that effort.

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