Illinois to dramatically expand public data on website

November 5, 2011

Associated Press

Officials say a state of Illinois website meant to serve as a clearing house for government data in a user-friendly format is dramatically expanding.

The Data.Illinois.gov site will soon post more than 4,000 additional sets of data. Currently there are just several hundred sets.

The Illinois governor's office says it recently received federal government approval to post the new data that offers information related to Illinois compiled by several U.S. agencies.

Among the new data that is supposed to go up on the site are U.S. Census Bureau breakdowns of incomes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's state-by-state toxic release inventory will also be posted.

Gov. Pat Quinn touts the site as a way for to help entrepreneurs innovate and also as a means of engaging citizens in the democratic process.