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County Commissioners Crack Down On Own Expense Accounts

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A Cook County Board meeting. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — From now on, Cook County commissioners will have to buy liquor out of their own pockets and submit other expenses to the ethics board for reimbursement.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, the County Board on Tuesday approved a plan to rein in their own spending from commissioners’ office accounts.

The Chicago Tribune reports the contingency accounts that board members have at their disposal for official duties got lots of attention when Commissioner William Beavers (D-4th) was indicted in February on federal charges. Among the charges was that he paid no taxes on account money he claimed as income.

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said she likes the idea of clearer “policy parameters” for spending money from the accounts, the Tribune reported. She emphasized that the new regulations do not give her any more authority, the newspaper reported.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports