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

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

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

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

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

Resignation Letter from Grafton Township Auditor

Here is the text of the letter: November 19, 2012 Grafton Township Supervisor Moore and Board of Trustees: Effective upon receipt of this letter, Evans, Marshall and Pease, P.C. is resigning as the independent auditors for the year ended March … Continue reading

McHenry County College Won’t Reveal Management Faults

Most of what outside auditors do is pretty dry. Having served on the Illinois Legislative Audit Commission, I’ve read enough of them. The real interesting stuff is in the Management Letter. When I saw McHenry County College Board Agenda for … Continue reading