The mission of For The Good of Illinois is to work to engage, educate and empower Illinois citizens to demand transparent, accountable and limited government. If you are one of the tens of thousands from all walks of life who believe in the same principles, we are here to help.
With 7 million lines of public employment data covering over 95% of Illinois public employment and $236 billion of public employment pay, pension and worker compensation claims, For The Good of Illinois is in a unique position to offer analysis to citizens, corporations, non-profit organizations. Over 700 Freedom of Information Act Requests and thousands of hours were used to compile this important research. Our institutional knowledge spans both the macro complex of local/state governments to the micro compensation plans of individual employees.
Some areas where our expertise can assist:
Total Compensation Analysis
- Individual public employee analysis: includes salary, bonus, long-term incentives, benefits, perquisites, and all compensation "buckets"
Click here for an example. http://forthegoodofillinois.org/blog/2011/03/%e2%80%9cvexatious%e2%80%9d-citizen-scales-back-palatine-perquisites/
Macro Government Analysis
- Our publically available www.openthebooks.com website is extremely query able and user friendly. However, companies, individuals and non-profits may want to delve deeper into the data. Please contact us with your ideas. We probably have a solution.
- Customized reports. Please suggest the report through the Contact Us portion of this website.
Click here and click here for examples of how our data can drive headlines.
Feedback and grassroots help on your Reform Effort
- For The Good of Illinois has been spearheading the grassroots reform of Illinois since 2007. Before www.openthebooks.com, we had an undefeated track record of never having lost a public vote to post a unit of governments checkbook online. Our efforts have yielded over $2 billion of public expenditures online including the first two and the largest counties: Cook and DuPage. Pioneering the model, our effort has been studied at the top business school in the country. We have the experience and knowledge of many "good-government" battles. We are here to help.
Click on "Contact Us" at the base of our homepage, type a comment and let's get started on your project.