Peoria Public Radio Staff
Wed May 15, 2013
Less than half of the Illinois Road Fund actually used for road projects
In addition to Transportation Department workers, the Road Fund paid salaries for the Illinois State Police and some employees of the Secretary of State's office. That changed in 2009, except that one person, literally one person, did not get the memo. So road money kept paying for those workers' health insurance.
On top of that, Auditor General Bill Holland says neither the state agencies involved nor the governor's budget office could explain how the insurance costs were calculated over the last 10 years.
"I think that's a telling statement in and of itself, in that the management of government was unaware of how some of these significant financial decisions were being reached."
Holland says he can only presume the Road Fund insurance overpayment went to cover other workers in state government.