Provenzano Froths on Dental Audit Supression

Here is the comment that McHenry County Finance Committee member Nick Provenzano wrote under the article about the County Board’s pending vote to allow the public to see the Veterans dental care audit: Audits are completed by the Auditor [Pam … Continue reading

Palmer Convinces Finance Committee To Keep Dental Audit Secret

Wednesday McHenry County Blog ran a piece entitled, “Should Misdeeds Uncovered by Internal Audits Be Made Public?” There has apparently been double billing for providing dental care to Veterans. Both the Veterans department and the County Health Department have been … Continue reading

Should Misdeeds Uncovered by Internal Audits Be Made Public?

McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer is again hesitant to share misdeeds of others with the public. The first time around it was an audit of the Nunda Township Senior Bus program. I had to ask Nunda Township for a copy … Continue reading

Hiding the County’s Outside Auditors’ Critical Findings

On Thursday, February 26th, McHenry County’s outside auditing firm will report its findings to the Finance and Audit Committee. State law allows such meetings to be held in secret. Note the word “allows.” There is no mandate in State law. … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Excluding Taxpayers from Audit Presentation

McHenry County’s Finance and Audit Committee is going to hear the report from the outside auditors on Lincoln’s Birthday (the 12th to those readers who don’t have the day off), but the public won’t be allowed in on the discussion. … Continue reading

Nunda Township Loses Freedom of Information Appeal on Senior Bus Audit

At the request of Deputy County Administrator John Labjai (now retired), McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer performed an audit on Nunda Township’s senior bus program. It was financed with a grant administered by McHenry County.  Federal and state money was … Continue reading

Nunda Township Senior Services Audit Discussed in County Committee

For your information, here are McHenry County Finance Committee minutes concerning the Senior Services grant audit which Nunda Township and McHenry County have refused to release. Both used the excuse that the Freedom of Information Act allows “internal” audits to … Continue reading

County Board Votes to Continue Hiding Audit Results

I was off to a luncheon before the McHenry County Board voted on whether to make public an audit performed by the office of McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer, so I didn’t hear the discussion. I did get the 14-8 … Continue reading

Counties & Municipalities Soon Will Have to Post Management Letters & Audits; Could Junior Colleges Be Next?

Having passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly unanimously, House Bill 5503 seems headed to the statue books. Sponsored by State Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Rochelle) and State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Wheaton), the bill will require county governments to make … Continue reading

When an “External” Audit Is an “Internal” Audit

If the Federal government audits a grant given to the State of Illinois, wouldn’t you consider than an “external” audit? How about when the Illinois Auditor General was auditing all the RTA contracts with providers of mass transportation? Would you … Continue reading

Nunda Township Road Commissioner Hiding Audit of Senior Bus Services

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 … Continue reading

TAG Releases Letter from Auditor who Examined 708 Board Audit

Yesterday the Ethics and Compliance Committee of the McHenry County 708 Mental Health Board held a meeting to consider, among other things, “FOLLOW UP ON TAG’S AUDIT AND RECONCILIATION – NEXT STEPS – FOR DISCUSSION” I wanted to post the … Continue reading

Twice as Much Time Spent on MCC Management Letter, which College Won’t Release, as on Audit

As background, I served on the Legislative Audit Commission during my eight years in the Illinois House in the 1970’s.  I have read literally hundreds of management letters. They contained what auditors have found that needs improvement in various agencies. … Continue reading