HB5121

  • tc 052418VILLA PARK – Siphoning funds from state agencies to pay the governor’s staff is no longer legal, thanks to a new law championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

    Cullerton pushed for House Bill 5121 after recent payroll reports had shown only 44 of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s staff are actually paid from the governor’s budget while 58 people are hidden in other agency payrolls.

    “It is absolutely outrageous that the governor of Illinois is utilizing irresponsible and inaccurate accounting practices to abuse the trust of DuPage County taxpayers,” Cullerton said. “This will stop now.”

    The legislation prohibits the governor's office from using other agency appropriations to pay for governor's office employees for the current administration and all going forward.

    Prior to this law, Rauner was allowed to record the governor’s office’s official budget at only $4.9 million, but it was actually closer to $10 million when counting employees that work in his office but are paid by other agencies.

    “Off-shoring employees’ salaries onto the budgets of vital state agencies that take care of our children, seniors and veterans is a blatant misuse of power,” Cullerton said. “This new law will promote an open and honest system where the hard-earned tax dollars of DuPage County families are spent wisely and responsibly.”

    House Bill 5121 will close the inter-agency agreement loophole that exempts the agency whose appropriation is being used from having to certify the individual has performed work for that agency.

    “The people of Illinois deserve to know how their valuable tax dollars are being spent,” Cullerton said.

    House Bill 5121 goes into effect immediately.

  • JBTPLAINFIELD — A new law co-sponsored by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will put an end to misleading accounting practices in the governor’s office.

    House Bill 5121, which was signed into law Tuesday, ends the practice of “offshoring” the governor’s payroll costs within state agencies – a practice that depletes funds for vital state programs.

    “Taxpayers deserve to know how state dollars are being spent,” Bertino-Tarrant said, “This new commonsense law promotes transparency and responsible accounting to ensure state dollars are spent wisely and responsibly.”

    This measure was passed in response to reports that nearly 60 percent of employees currently working for the governor’s office are paid by state agencies with funds intended for priorities such as economic development, public safety and child protection.

    Offshoring has been utilized by governors of both parties for years to make it appear their office budgets are smaller than they actually are.

    Examples of offshoring include paying the governor’s education advisor $250,000 from the Department of Human Services budget or a deputy chief of staff $140,000 from the Illinois State Police budget.

    The most recent payroll data shows only 44 of 102 employees in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office are paid from the governor’s budget. The rest – 58 staffers – are hidden in other agencies’ payrolls.

    If the governor’s entire staff was accurately reported, his office budget would come in at more than $10 million, instead of the $4.9 million budgeted for the current fiscal year.

    “No one wins when the government uses deceptive accounting practices,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new law will ensure all governors play fair with taxpayer’s trust regardless of political party.”

    House Bill 5121 passed with bipartisan support and goes into effect immediately.

  • Sen. Andy Manar

    SPRINGFIELD – Bruce Rauner can make a lasting, positive mark on Illinois government by outlawing the practice of concealing governor’s office salaries within state agency budgets, a practice known as “offshoring,” State Senator Andy Manar said today.

    The Illinois Senate today approved the Truth in Hiring Act with bipartisan support. The accountability and transparency measure, sponsored by Manar in the Senate, will be sent to the governor’s desk.

    “Offshoring didn’t start under this governor’s watch, but certainly he can be the governor who puts a stop to it,” Manar said.

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