041615CM0513SPRINGFIELD- To increase government transparency and the responsible use of taxpayer dollars, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) advanced his initiative to regulate all travel, meal and lodging expenses for officers and employees.

House Bill 4379 would create the Local Government Travel Expense Control Act which will require non home-rule units of government, school districts and community college districts to regulate travel, meal and lodging expenses.

"People should have access to how taxpayer dollars are spent to ensure money is being spent responsibly and effectively,” Cullerton said.

News of lavish expenses at the College of DuPage brought up cases illustrating the abuse of public funds by employees.

Certain documentation will be required to be submitted in writing to school boards or corporate entities before the expenses can be approved by a roll call vote at an open meeting. The will be public record that would be subject to FOIA.

“We all know that public transparency promotes better decisions,” Cullerton said. “Public funds need to be spent wisely to maximize efficiency.”

House Bill 4379 passed the Senate’s Local Government Committee with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.