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Grant Accountability and Transparency Act passes Senate

“This measure makes sure that we invest in the best performing grant recipients and prevents questionable organizations and individuals with criminal histories from getting taxpayer money.” - State Senator Dan Kotowski

052914 js 0188RSPRINGFIELD - State Senator Dan Kotowski’s (D-Park Ridge) Grant Accountability and Transparency Act, which requires greater accountability of grant funding recipients, passed the Senate today.

“This measure makes sure that we invest in the best performing grant recipients and prevents questionable organizations and individuals with criminal histories from getting taxpayer money,” Kotowski said.  “We will have greater oversight and increased transparency over grant money, so that we can fund what works and get rid of what doesn’t.”

House Bill 2747 adds criteria to ensure that the best performing agencies continue to receive grant funding.

It also creates a new list of suspended grant recipients which prevents individuals with a conflict of interest or criminal history from receiving grant money.

The legislation passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

Senator Dan Kotowski


28th District

Years served:
2007 - 2016

Committee assignments: Appropriations I (Vice-Chairperson); Criminal Law; Appropriations II (Chairperson); Higher Education; Revenue; Committee of the Whole.

Biography: First elected in 2007, a life-long resident of Illinois, Kotowski was born and raised in Chicago. Graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in English and Communications, and he obtained his Master’s Degree from DePaul University in Chicago.