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Search the United States Government checkbook since the year 2000. $31 Trillion in spending. The app also contains five year salary histories for 2.2 million federal employees and the last four years of all farm subsidies.

Hyper-localize all federal spending by using your current GPS location, setting a custom location by zip code, or search by a vendor name or employee's last name.

In addition, with this app you can find the salary history of all Illinois government employees from virtually every level of government.

For The Good of Illinois is a 501(c)4 non-partisan, non-profit organization. Visit our website at

We are a network of tens of thousands of Illinoisans, from all walks of life, who believe that public policy should rest on two principles: transparency and accountability.

As US Senator Everett Dirksen said, "When I feel the heat, I see the light." With courtesy and respect, citizens should hold their elected officials accountable.

The need for transparency has never been greater. Americans have never been more willing. Now is the time to stand up and be heroes.

What's New in Version 2.2

• Enables more states to be searched for State Salaries
• Bug fixes and optimizations

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Customer Reviews

Poor organization of info

It was entertaining for 3 min but the constant scrolling through the same names with multiple entries seems a bit much. I'm not sure why they couldn't consolidate 1 user name and retain all data under that entry, rather than list the same person 6 times because they have received subsidies over the last X years or for different reasons. The historical data should be tied to that name in my opinion and displayed in a simple manner for user. Lazy really on developer to not do that on back end before pushing it out. Uninstalling.


You can't search effectively. Names come back unfound. You can only look up salaries from the top down - for a mobile app, I literally spent a half hour scrolling through my institution and it crashed just before I got to where I needed it to be. Great idea but what a waste. If I could give it no stars, I would.

Not Bad

I wish they had Massachusetts salaries available, well hopefully in the next update but overall it's a great app!

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  • Category: Reference
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  • Version: 2.2
  • Size: 3.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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