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County Inspector General Wants Answers About Commissioners’ Expense Accounts

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County commissioners reportedly ran up more than $98,000 in expenses without providing a shred of paperwork.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports, county Inspector General Patrick Blanchard wants answers.

Blanchard says full expense reports should be filed, or the money repaid.

A number of other reports filed between early 2009 and this May were incomplete.

Some reports for business meals, for instance, did not list the purpose or who attended. One commissioner transferred $16,000 from other accounts into his expense fund.

And several commissioners bought items in part with county funds, including a car, when intended partially for private and partially for public uses. In one case, the commissioner left office with the item unaccounted for.

As of June 1, expenses had to be incurred before reimbursement was sought.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports