Comptroller unveils new site to track spending

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — State Comptroller Susana Mendoza is unveiling a new way to make fact finding a little easier.

Previously, if you wanted a full breakdown of how much a government agency was spending, you would have to scan the pages of a thick booklet. Mendoza says, from here on out, the books are a thing of the past.

“It would be a lot of flipping through and, even online, there would be a lot of searching through and now, just a few clicks and you can get to all that stuff.”

Just a few clicks away, that is how easy the comptroller’s office wants viewing the Public Accountability report to be.

“The report has been around for awhile, but the comptroller is not wanting to do things the way they have always been done. She re-evaluated this report and saw an opportunity to make it a lot more accessible for people by making it all digital and interactive online.”

So, if you are interested in seeing how much of your tax dollars went to which agency, the information is right at your fingertips.

“You can see here, for fiscal year 2017 and 2016, which percentage of the state budget was spent on what. We’ve got Human Services here as one of the largest government services, education, infrastructure. It just gives you a neat overview.”

The office’s mission is all about saving you from a headache and saving the state from an extra expense.

“We want to do everything we can to make it as easy as a few clicks away instead of spending money on large reports that often sit on the shelves. We want to see that change.”

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