Our view: Stop salary hide and seek (Editorial)
By The Northwest Herald Editorial Board
The state of Illinois is playing hide and seek with the salary information of its public employees, and we don’t like it.
State taxpayers shouldn’t, either.
Rep. Mike Tryon, R-Crystal Lake, crafted legislation in 2009 that created the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal (accountability.illinois.gov), a database of state government spending.
Visitors to the web site can view volumes of spending data going back to 2008.
For example, are you curious whether the Attorney General’s Office is spending more on staff travel in 2011 than it did in 2009 or 2010? Look it up at the portal.