A press release from State Rep. Allen Skillicorn:
SKILLICORN ASKS LITH OFFICIALS TO REIMBURSE VILLAGE FOR OUTRAGEOUS RETREAT EXPENSES
Lake In The Hills, IL—Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is calling for Lake In The Hills officials who stayed overnight in the Hilton Chicago Hotel to reimburse the village for hotel expenses.
Two employees and seven elected official attended the Illinois Municipal League retreat and annual banquet September 21-23 2017.
The Illinois Municipal League is a registered lobby firm with the Illinois Secretary of State.
Attending a municipal conference is not unusual for the village administrator, but sending nine people at a cost of 11,071.50 certainly is unusual and excessive.
- Cary spent $925.25,
- Algonquin spent $330.00, and
- Barrington Hills spent only $227.73
on the same conference.
By far the largest expense by Lake In The Hills were hotel rooms at the Hilton Chicago Hotel and valet parking.
Both Village President Russ Ruzanski and Trustee David McPhee both charged $1052.10 each for three nights in the Hilton Hotel and valet parking.
A few seconds on Airbnb can find many rooms within a few blocks for less than $100 per night, some as low as $63 a night.
Lake In The Hills is only 50 miles away with regular Metra train service.
“These are tight times for all taxpayers and residents of Lake In The Hills need elected officials who honor the frugal and hard working ethics of the village.
“I find it outrageous to spend over $11,000 sending village officials to a retreat and banquet at a luxury hotel.
“Sending nine officials to the downtown Chicago the epicenter of corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse to hear from Springfield lobbyists is the Chicago way, not the Lake In The Hills way.”
All Lake In The Hills residents should attend the Tuesday committee meeting or the Thursday village meeting both at the village hall, 7:30 pm, and remind the village board where they stand on these issues. Representative Skillicorn plans on attending the Tuesday committee meeting to address the board