A report finds that incidents of alleged abuse and neglect of residents under the care of the Illinois Department of Human Services have increased by half since 2010.

An audit has found that a small southern Illinois city's former treasurer who faces a federal indictment may have stolen nearly $316,000.

An audit of Chicago State University by Illinois' auditor general has found that the embattled school improperly reported nearly $52 million in federal awards.  State's Auditor General Frank Mautino says the university didn't properly prepare expenditure reports for two loan programs from the Department of Education.  The reports are required by federal law, for federal awards of more than $51.7 million.

A state audit finds children in the care of Illinois' welfare system are being housed in psychiatric hospitals and shelters hundreds of days longer than necessary because of the difficulty of finding placements in foster care.

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Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs is launching a series of public hearings to explore how life insurance companies avoid paying death benefits.  The first hearing is set for Wednesday morning in the city council chambers in Normal.

Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino continues to remain evasive on the subject of campaign spending.

A former Democratic state representative, Mautino  has been asked repeatedly about campaign spending during his time as a legislator. 

It’s the subject of a recent complaint with the state board of elections.  Highlights include $250,000 for car repairs and gas at a single service station and an equivalent amount paid to a bank.  

Illinois utility regulators are launching a formal investigation into whether Peoples Gas executives misled them about the price tag of a pipe replacement project that could cost Chicago consumers about $8-billion.

As a legislator, Frank Mautino says he has read 2,000 Illinois government audits in the past 18 years. Soon the state representative from Spring Valley will conduct them.

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A report from the state auditor's office has found more than $321,000 was paid for services to dead people through a program in the Illinois Department of Aging. 

Frerichs talks audit findings in Peoria stop

Apr 29, 2015

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says his office is prepared to make changes following an independent review from an outside accounting firm. The review found a paid internship program improperly gave positions to young people with political connections.  Frerichs says his office will still offer internships, but is scrapping the previous program:

The state treasurer says an independent review of his office has found problems with an internship program and a college scholarship program that needs a complete overhaul.

  The new finance boss at Northern Illinois University says he's looking into what the school should do after a state audit found a temporary employee was improperly reimbursed $32,000 for travel.

SIU Administrators say a delay in reporting to the U.S. Department of Education has landed them on a financial warning list, but they’re hopeful they’ll be off that list soon.   

State vehicles that don't get much use are on the chopping block in a proposal in the Illinois House.

Illinois' next state treasurer says he plans to run an audit of his new office after he's sworn in on Monday.

Illinois' two state fairs did not comply with the law last year, according to a recent state audit and budget realities mean that'll happen again this summer. 

Subpoenas are going out to five former members of Governor Pat Quinn's administration who were involved with his plagued anti-violence program. But two other insiders will not be served.

State auditors to oversee Charter Oak ISAT testing

Mar 7, 2014

The Illinois State Board of Education is asking a contracted-auditor to oversee annual testing at District 150 Charter Oak Primary School. State board spokeswoman Mary Fergus says most schools are chosen randomly for overseeing how the I-SAT test is given. But Fergus says the current investigation into testing irregularities at Charter Oak prompted the state board to specifically ask that the school be observed.  ISAT testing is currently underway in the district, and ends March 14th. 

Riverfront Museum finances in question

Apr 17, 2013

The Peoria Riverfront Museum plans to comply with its contractual obligation to provide financial data to the county. So says museum president Jim Richerson.  County staff say the museum is months overdue in providing last fiscal year’s audit and other tax forms. Richerson says the audit from last fiscal year isn’t finished because it involves the colossal transition from Lakeview to the new organization that complicates the finances. Some close to the situation say the museum is running a monthly operating deficit. Richerson says he cannot answer that: