McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer conducted an audit of the grant to the Nunda Township Road Commissioner for Senior Bus Service.
Since County government was responsible for awarding the money, it seems appropriate that the Auditor should see if it was spent according to the terms and conditions of the grant.
The audit has been brought before the Finance and Audit Committee a couple of times, but Palmer refuses to share it with the public.
She claims it is an internal audit and, thus, exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.
Maybe so, but she has shared it with the Nunda Township Road Commissioner.
Mike Lesperance used the same excuse to keep it secret.
He used the same excuse Palmer trotted out–that it was an internal audit.
I appealed the FOIA denial to the Public Access Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General, arguing that, while it might be an internal audit to McHenry County, it was an external audit to Nunda Township.
It usually takes months to get a finding from the AG’s Office, so sit back with me and be patient.
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This is somewhat similar to McHenry County College’s refusal to share its audit management letters. Such letters tell what is wrong with operations which are not serious enough to make the audit.
Nevertheless, they are often quite revealing.
Only the junior college staff and board are worthy of examining them, it seems.