Welcome to the State Comptroller's Ledger!
The Ledger is your portal to Illinois government. State financial records, as well as official reports and analyses can all be found here.
As the State's Chief Fiscal Officer, I believe that government should be an open book that provides a full accounting for public dollars. To that end, The Ledger was designed to bring more transparency and accountability in an efficient manner to you, the taxpayer.
Using the tabs on the left, you can track the daily activity of the state's accounts, perform searches on specific revenues, expenditures, and entities, or even track a state employee's salary.
I am confident that opening our Ledger will enhance the public's ability to "follow the money." Please do not hesitate to contact me with any additional questions or requests for information. We are standing by for your call, and look forward to providing whatever assistance you may need.
Judy Baar Topinka
Illinois State Comptroller
Our database combines information from the Comptroller's accounting sysytem with the Illinois State Board of Elections semi-annual campaign finance disclosure reports, filed by political committees. Simply enter the name of an entity that conducts business with the State of Illinois, and compare that entity's state contract to a possible political contribution it has made.
The Open Book database does just that, opens the books and allows users to essentially "follow the money." It provides a true portal of transparency for state government, where every dollar donated is recorded and can be traced back to any state contract awarded.
Check back often, and please do not hesitate to let us know how we can improve.
December 6, 2013 - Three of Illinois's metropolitan areas have seen unemployment rates increase by more than one percent in the last year, according to the latest figures from the state's Dept. of Employment Security. Danvile (+1.8%, 11.3%), Decatur (+1.6%, 11.7%), and Peoria (+1.1%, 8.7%) have been hit the hardest in the last year.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in Chicago remained relatively unchanged (8.3 percent). However the number of nonfarm jobs reported was higher in October than it has been in years. Regional unemployment rates also went down in Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, and Metro east St. Louis all reported lower rates than their summer highs.
December 6, 2013 - Continued economic growth that boosted hiring within the private sector and employers bringing on seasonal employees gave the nation its lowest unemployment rate - 7.0 percent - in nearly five years in November, says the U.S. Dept. of Labor. This after the news that manufacturing orders and personal incomes were down in October.