September 19, 2021

Transparency: State of Illinois Comptroller Releases Comprehensive Financial Database

From the Comptroller’s Office News Release: llinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Monday unveiled The Ledger, a comprehensive online financial database that sets a new standard for transparency. In fact, the site provides taxpayers with the same up-to-date numbers and information that is used by Topinka’s office in carrying out its Constitutional duties. Launched Monday, […]

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White Awards $11.9 Million to Public Libraries Statewide

Via Quad Cities Online: Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded grants totaling $11.9 million to 620 public libraries statewide. The awarded funds come from the Fiscal Year 2012 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants. “I am extremely proud of the outstanding service Illinois’ public libraries provide to our […]

Illinois State Library Launches Text-A-Librarian Service

Direct to Text-A-Librarian Service From the AP: The texting program is intended for simple, quick reference questions, up to 160 characters, that can be answered with a brief response. Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White says the new texting service offers another way to meet patrons’ information needs. The state library already offers […]

The State of Illinois Open Data Portal Expands, 4700 Federal Datasets Containing Illinois Info Added

From the Illinois Government News Network: Governor Pat Quinn [has] announced a major expansion of the information available on Illinois’ open data portal, Data.Illinois.gov. The state recently received approval from the federal government to provide more than 4,700 additional datasets containing Illinois-related information collected by a number of federal agencies. This brings total datasets available […]

Local Databases: U.S.: "New Illinois Doctor Database Launches Online" (Physician Profiles)

From the Chicago Tribune: Illinois patients can now research their doctors using an online database the state launched Wednesday. The idea is to take the guesswork out of choosing a doctor by allowing easier access to information about the state’s 46,000 licensed physicians and surgeons. The database can be accessed through the Department of Financial […]

New Database: Government: Illinois Outstanding Bills Search (As in Own Money)

From Quad Cities Online and the Associated Press: “Deadbeat state: Illinois owes billions in unpaid bills” As of early last month, the state owed on 166,000 unpaid bills worth a breathtaking $5 billion, with nearly half of that amount more than a month overdue, according to an Associated Press analysis of state documents. Hundreds of […]