Topinka says it's provides the public with a "heads up" of information that was previously difficult to find.
"Government acts more responsibly when it knows that people are watching. It's just lots of eyes all over, which makes it so much harder to cause difficulty in terms of your finances."
Topinka, a Republican, is facing a challenge from Democrat Sheila Simon, who is leaving her post as lieutenant governor to run for comptroller. Topinka's first news conference was Monday morning in Chicago. She'll make six other stops in Rockford, Moline, Springfield, Peoria, Quincy and Carbondale. The tour runs through Wednesday.