Increasing Illinois government transparency
In September Governor Pat Quinn signed a new executive order to further increase transparency and accountability in government by establishing a new state Open Operating Standard. The order encourages state agencies and local governments across Illinois to increase the amount of raw data they share with each other, businesses, academic institutions and the general public.
The State of Illinois Open Data site, Data.Illinois.Gov, is a searchable clearinghouse of information from state agencies that is helping inform residents about the operation of state government and encouraging the creative use of state information, including the development of applications for mobile devices that can be built around the data.
“In signing this executive order to adopt an open operating standard, Governor Quinn is strengthening Illinois’ role as a national leader in open data, citizen engagement and transparency,” said Sean Vinck, State Chief Information Officer.