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Illinois’ OpenBook site allows users to follow the money

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger. | Rich Hein / Sun-Times

The Illinois state comptroller’s office has created a website, called OpenBook, to increase government transparency by allowing the public to track political contributions and state contracts.

State Comptroller Leslie Munger’s office says it includes a “Google-like” feature allowing users to enter the name of an organization doing business with the state and search political contributions from it or its employees.

It combines information from the comptroller’s accounting system with information collected by the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Munger called the site a “true portal of transparency for state government, where every dollar donated to a campaign is recorded and can be traced back to any state contract awarded.”