Tuesday the McHenry County Board is scheduled to pass a new purchasing ordinance.
The issue caught my attention when I heard that lots and lots of stuff was being bought without purchase orders.
So, I filed a Freedom of Information request to find out the extent of the through the back door purchases.
The amount of information I requested–a year’s worth–was too much to cope with, according to the Assistant State’s Attorney, Brandy Quance, who called me.
So I cut down my request, which is summarized in County Auditor Pam Palmer’s reply below:
To my astonishment, the reply amounted to fifty-six pages.
Below you see the first five pages. I note that some items that we agreed to exclude, e.g., telephone bills, are in the list. Click on the image to enlarge it.