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DuPage County Auditor’s Office Asks for Help

DuPage County Auditor’s Office Asks for Help

DuPage County Auditor’s Office Asks for Help

For nearly four years, the DuPage County Auditor’s office has not provided a quarterly financial report, a detailed accounting of county government revenues, appropriations, expenses and levies.

The reporting, mandated by the state of Illinois, stopped shortly after a very close 2020 election, in which incumbent Auditor Bill White won by a margin of 75 votes, which was later reduced to 58 votes following a recount against Bob . Grogan.

Shortly after the election, several key staff members in the auditor’s office resigned.

“We had a lot of obligations and a lot of resources,” White said during Tuesday’s county board meeting. “Our goal is to complete the quarterly reports by the end of July, we will do it the old-fashioned way, manually.”

The auditor’s office was offered additional staff, according to DuPage County Board President Deborah Conroy, but the real obstacle was technology.

In the future, the auditor’s office will request additional software to help automate the reporting process, White said. But some county board members wondered why it had taken so long to catch up.

“If he needed help, why didn’t he come to the board … four years without quarterly reports? It’s unacceptable,” District 5 Commissioner Dawn DeSart said during the meeting.

Each year, the county receives an external audit report from the Chicago-based accounting firm Baker Tilly; However, these reports lack the detailed scrutiny expected from the auditor’s office.

“The internal audit looks a lot more at the tiny, detailed items, plus the external auditor doesn’t detect fraud…this is where our internal auditor comes in,” District 1 Commissioner Cindy Cahill said during Tuesday’s meeting.

Also delayed was the auditor’s report on the county clerk’s office, which came under scrutiny by the board and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office after $224,000 in invoices submitted for purchases were not properly approved or were carried out without going through a bidding process.

The report cannot be made public until the clerk’s office receives its contents and has an opportunity to respond to it, according to White. The clerk’s office will have a week to respond, White said.

“We need it done, the people of Dupage need it done, this is what they were elected to do and, frankly, there is no excuse,” Cahill said.