City of Benton

Gov. Rauner signs Local Government Travel Expense Control Act –


Today, Governor Rauner signed the Local Government Travel Expense Control Act (read it here) which is meant to scale back on the lavish expenses incurred by public officials under the guise of “official business”.

The LGTECA requires school districts, community college districts, and all non-home rule units of local government to provide by resolution or ordinance, the regulation of all travel, meal, and lodging expenses of officers and employees.

It also requires setting a minimum standard for documentation of expenses, and the maximum allowable reimbursement for travel, meal, and lodging. It places all travel documents as public records subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

The Act also prohibits all approvals or payments for travel, meal, and lodging made on and after 180 days of the effective date of the Act unless a resolution or ordinance has been adopted.

Prohibits entertainment expenses.

We applaud the formation of the Local Government Travel Expense Control Act as a common sense measure that had unanimous approval in both the House and Senate.

Rep. David McSweeney was the Chief Sponsor in the House and Sen. Thomas Cullerton Chief Senate Sponsor.

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