Government
3:00 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Topinka touts new financial database

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is traveling the state this week to announce a new database that will make local government financial information available.   Topinka's office is calling the database ``The Warehouse'' and says it will put records in one place so taxpayers can review them. It will include information from 5,200 counties, municipalities and special taxing districts across Illinois. The site also has a ``compare data'' function that lets users compare governments.

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.