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State reviews grant programs for fishiness

Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:38:22 CST
By: IPR's Amanda Vinicky

The state's head ethics investigator says Illinois doesn't do enough to ensure money it gives to businesses and organizations is spent like it's supposed to be. At the beginning of this year, the Inspector General uncovered a scheme involving at least 18 million dollars in state grants. A contractor for the Department of Children and Family Services was given the money but Deputy Inspector General Neil Olson says the agency didn't do much to make sure he was spending it properly. He says funds were released without documentation or site visits to make sure the contractor was following through.

Olson says agencies and the organizations they give money too will be coming under greater scrutiny from here on out. The office is dedicating a new investigative unit to review state grants.

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