The State Comptroller's office is being sued by the group For The Good of Illinois. The head of the group, Adam Andrejeweski (pictured), says the comptroller's office rejected their Freedom of Information Act request to acquire the state's checkbook. The organization then filed an appeal with the public access counselor but has not heard a response in five months.
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In an email response, a spokesman for the comptroller's office wrote: "In his rush to hold a press conference, I’m afraid that Mr. Andrzejewski did not realize that an up-to-date record of every dollar the state spends is immediately available on Comptroller Topinka’s transparency website, The Ledger. To be clear: there is no magical 'state checkbook' for him to flip through. But all the information that is legally available is online, and we would be happy to help him find whatever he’s looking for."