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For the Good of Illinois

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For the Good of Illinois is a 501(c)(4) that works to educate the state about the need for government transparency and open government. The group specifically focuses on the need for it in school districts.

Transparency projects

"Open Book Revolution"

In February 2008, Adam Andrezejewski detailed the Open Book Revolution, a movement "For the Good of Illinois" initiated. The act would require school districts to post their check registers on the internet. Posting the check register would require no change to state law, have minimal expense, and would not take long to implement.[1]

College of Dupage

Recently the group convinced the Midwest's large community college, the College of Dupage, to open its check register to the public. The college has an annual budget of nearly $140 million. The college is one of the largest schools to put its check register online. The school lists all vendor expenses, including the check number, vendor name, amount and a brief description of each expense.

Trustee David Carlin and Michael E. McKinnon, COD Board Chairman, worked together to post the check register online. Since his election as trustee in April 2007, David Carlin has advocated openness in the governance of the community college. Carlin proposed and implemented posting audio taped board meetings, minutes of board meetings and monthly board packets online.

David Carlin said, "In the internet age, taxpayers shouldn't have to file Freedom of Information Act requests to get information that should be made readily available to them online."[2]

Leadership

The group is directed by Adam Andrzejewski. Andrezejewski hosts meetings all over Illinois to motivate citizens to become involved in advocating for an accountable government.

Contact information

116 S. York Suite 212
Elmhurst, IL. 60126

External link

"Open Book Revolution" YouTube videos

References