FILE - Rep. Fred Crespo 10-25-17

State Rep. Fred Crespo, D-Hoffman Estates, speaks on the Illinois House floor on October 25, 2017.


In a unanimous show of support for more open spending practices in state government, Illinois House Republicans joined Democrats Wednesday in voting to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the Debt Transparency Act.

The legislation, which still needs a successful override vote in the Senate, would require monthly reporting of the state's bills to the Comptroller's Office by all state agencies.

The bill is supported by Democrat Comptroller Susana Mendoza, who says she can't properly manage the state's finances if she doesn't know how much is owed. Current law requires such reporting annually.

Wednesday's vote was 112-0. When the bill initially passed the House in April, it passed by a margin of 70-40, with many Republican lawmakers opposing it.

In vetoing the measure, Rauner said the comptroller is trying to micromanage other executive departments and that out-of-date state technology will get in the way of reporting bills every month. The governor instead urged the comptroller’s office to release money for technology upgrades.

Illinois’ backlog of bills as of last Friday was $16.3 billion, but Mendoza’s office said it could be more than that because state departments aren’t required to report their expenditures regularly.


Greg Bishop reports on Illinois government and other statewide issues for INN. Bishop has years of award-winning broadcast experience, and previously hosted “The Council Roundup,” as well as “Bishop On Air,” a morning-drive current events talk show.


Dan McCaleb is a veteran editor and has worked in journalism for more than 25 years. Most recently, McCaleb served as editorial director of Shaw Media and the top editor of the award-winning Northwest Herald in suburban McHenry County.

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