ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Corruption and misspending. Two words seemingly synonymous with the state of Illinois. But during a visit to Rockford today the state's comptroller says she's fighting to change that.
Judy Baar Topinka held a re-election rally at Stone Eagle Tavern on East State Street. She says she's worked hard to make her office more transparent since taking over in 2011. Topinka's office created the "ledger" which is an online database detailing the state's daily balances, bill backlogs, and employee salaries. Topinka's says she's happy to see young people showing interest in politics.
"That is wonderful," said Topinka. "That means young people are taking part in democracy. They believe in the United States; they believe in the values of the United States. They're here with an interest. You gotta start young to do it."
Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is also running for comptroller.