The head of state parks in Illinois will repay $7,200 in improper travel reimbursement mostly in the past two years. The Department of Natural Resources acknowledged it was in error after inquiries from The Associated Press. Department administrator Ronald House lives in Benton, in southern Illinois, but his headquarters is Springfield. State travel rules stipulate that commuting mileage must be subtracted from any trip that includes travel between home and headquarters. The AP's review of records found nearly 80 instances in which House was reimbursed for 165 miles between Benton and Springfield. House says the agency instructed him on filing mileage claims. Spokesman Chris Young says IDNR director Marc Miller asked House to repay the money. IDNR initially defended the reimbursements but reversed course after further review.
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