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Organization files lawsuit against Illinois State Comptroller


The head of an organization calling for transparency in state government has filed suit against the Illinois State Comptroller.

Adam Andrzejewski is the head of For the Good of Illinois. He and the organization want Comptroller Judy Baar-Topinka to make the state's checkbook accessible to the public.

Topinka refused the Freedom of Information Act request nine months ago, claiming it was an undue burden. However, Andrzejewski says she's obligated to follow the law.

"What she didn't tell you, is that she has 305 employees on her staff and she pays them $14 million per year of annual payroll. So multiple employees to work three days to fulfill the Freedom of Information Act request on the state's checkbook, we feel that that's very reasonable," he says.

Topinka's office responded that the information Andrzejewski wants is already online in a website called The Ledger, and the "state checkbook" Andrzejewski is looking for does not exist.

The Ledger, which is connected to Topinka's office, can be found here. It allows taxpayers to see all of the state's financial records.

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