Bill Seeks to Reign in Local Government Travel Expenses

Springfield, IL… State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) has signed on to cosponsor a bill which aims to help local governments curb their expenditures by requiring them to more tightly control travel expenses. House Bill 4379 would require local governments and school districts to regulate what kinds of expenses can be compensated, set maximum allowable reimbursements, and standardize their expense forms.

“Many local governments already have in place policies regarding such expenses,” Rep McDermed said. “This would simply require, across the board, all units to take similar measures. It’s a commonsense way to help minimize potentially frivolous spending. Encouraging good accounting practices for travel expense reimbursements can add up to real savings for our taxpayers."

HB 4379, filed by State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington), also sets forth minimum documentation requirements and forbids the reimbursement of entertainment expenses. The bill is awaiting committee assignment.