Late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s legacy of transparency will be honored and preserved thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) and signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Aug. 18.
In a ceremony dedicating “Judy Baar Topika Lane” at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Gov. Rauner announced that Sen. McConnaughay’s legislation had been signed into law.
“In her long, and honorable career in Illinois government, Judy always kept the people of this state, and what was best for them, in mind,” said McConnaughay. “As Illinois Comptroller, Judy sought to increase transparency and provide the public with greater access to state and local fiscal data by establishing the Online Ledger and The Warehouse.”
Senate Bill 903 codifies the Online Ledger and The Warehouse under the State Comptroller, ensuring that they will be preserved and maintained, and that these resources will continue to be available to taxpayers.
The Ledger connects taxpayers to state financial records and other official reports and analyses. Information on the state’s fiscal condition, revenue, expenditures, state contracts, awards and grants, state employees and other reports are made available
The Warehouse provides taxpayers with information involving local government finances. The Comptroller’s office collects more than 9,200 financial reports from counties, municipalities, and special taxing districts every year through this vital resource.
The Ledger and The Warehouse are both accessible through the Illinois Comptroller’s website www.ioc.state.il.us/.
Speaking at the fairgrounds ceremony dedicating “Judy Baar Topinka Lane,” Sen. McConnaughay remembered Topinka’s love of public service.
“Judy used to say that you had to believe in something to work in government,” said McConnaughay. “What Judy believed in most was the people of Illinois. By serving these people, and loving them like Judy did, we honor her memory.”