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Audit Criticizes Blagojevich's Budget Office

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A new audit criticizes how Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s budget office kept its books, and how it awarded some state contracts.

The auditor general found the governor’s budget office improperly secured some contracting work. The office awarded $90,000 for legal services without a bid process or public posting. When the budget office did take bids, the auditor general found instances when the scoring was incomplete, inconsistent, even wrong. The budget office says it’s strengthened the procedures for contracts.

Also in the review, the auditor general looked at a sample of travel records. Some vouchers were submitted late, some receipts were missing and one reimbursement was paid out twice. The budget office says it’s doing a better job of reviewing these papers.

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