Commentary: No surprise, Illinois lacks transparency on stimulus funds

It was a small but reassuring condition of the $787 billion federal stimulus package: President Barack Obama promised "an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability" in tracking how the money is spent.

Well, surprise, most states are being about as transparent as mud. And surprise again, Illinois is the worst in the nation, according to a ranking by the watchdog group Good Jobs First. Illinois does have a stimulus Web site, http://recovery.illinois. gov. Check it out, but good luck finding any meaningful information about how the money is being spent.

You'd think after the Rod Blagojevich pay-for-play scandal that helped get him thrown out of the governor's office, new Gov. Pat Quinn would have made transparency on stimulus spending a priority. But no.

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