Alexander County

The Southern Illinoisan/AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois panel is expected to hear a case against a troubled public housing authority facing allegations of unfair labor.

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is asking the Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general to look into the nearly $20 million in federal funds given the Alexander County Housing Authority over a seven-year period.

In a letter sent last week Kirk asked why the housing authority continued to receive funds despite indications the money was being misused by staff. 

The Southern Illinoisan reports various HUD documents from 2014, 2015 and early 2016 detailed mounting concerns over mismanagement and neglect of core duties by housing authority staff.