Tuesday, May 26, 2020

SPRINGFIELD – We’d like to take a brief pause from all the bad news about COVID-19’s effects on Illinoisans’ health and the state’s finance to share a bit of good news: Illinois leads the nation in transparency on COVID-19 spending, according to an article published today by The Associated Press.

In April, Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza established an online portal where the public can view state government’s spending on COVID-related items, such as personal protective equipment, ventilators, masks, face shields, swabs, disinfectant, lab testing services and more.

The Associated Press surveyed all 50 states to gauge how transparent they are with details about their COVID-related spending. Of all the states, “Illinois has one of the most detailed tracking websites…” the article states, adding that, “In most states, it’s not that easy.”

The comptroller’s portal includes the date of each COVID-related expenditure, the name of the vendor, the purpose, the quantity and the cost. The information is updated daily. As of today, Illinois has spent more than $274 million on supplies for COVID-19, the portal shows.

“Transparency has always been a cornerstone of how I approach the job of comptroller,” Mendoza said. “Taxpayers should be able to see how much it costs to operate state government, and that’s especially important now as we compete against the clock and other states to acquire the life-saving supplies we need to fight this pandemic.”