acts to improve transparency and accountability
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 â€œfollow the money.â€
The revamped site for the Illinois Office of the Comptroller can be viewed at www.ioc.state.il.us.
â€œThis new site gives our office a virtual facelift,â€ said Topinka, who became the stateâ€™s Chief Fiscal Officer in January. â€œThis 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.â€Â Â
Specifically, changes to the Comptrollerâ€™s website will allow the public to more easily:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Access state contractor information, and check political contributions made by those doing business with the state
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Examine the finances of Illinois government in real-time through greater access to detailed fiscal information, including debt levels, bond ratings and fund balances
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Check on the status of vendor payments from the state
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Search the stateâ€™s uncashed checks, and begin the process of recovering money
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Learn more about office programs and services, including Check for Cash, Direct Deposit and Take Charge Illinois
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sign-up for Comptroller news and publications, and social media newsfeeds
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Contact Comptroller Topinka and office staff
The new website is part of Topinkaâ€™s ongoing effort to modernize the Comptrollerâ€™s office, and make it more accessible to taxpayers. Additional initiatives will be announced in coming weeks.
â€œIllinois residents in particular appreciate the importance of government transparency and accountability, and the Comptrollerâ€™s Office can play a substantial role those areas,â€ Topinka said. â€œWe 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.