PHOTO Tom Cullerton advances legislation to eliminate office of lieutenant governorVILLA PARK – As Illinois struggles to reduce its $9 billion bill backlog, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is astounded that Gov. Bruce Rauner would leave millions of dollars on the table.

Cullerton’s concerns are reinforced by an Illinois Audit Commission report that reveals Rauner’s administration failed to collect $2.4 million in federal rebates owed to the state for payments made on bond debt.

“Details don’t seem to matter much to Bruce Rauner,” Cullerton said. “Not attempting to collect $2.4 million in funding is another sorry example of the level of ineptitude of this administration. The governor’s hyper-focus on pitting working and middle-class Illinoisans against one another has terrible consequences. He’s spent over three years telling anyone who’ll listen that Illinois government is busted and full of incompetence. By throwing away taxpayer dollars without any remorse, he’s proving his own pathetic premise.”

The bipartisan commission found that there were five other receipts that show the administration left an additional $183,000 uncollected as well.

“Every last cent of taxpayer money needs to be invested effectively and efficiently to ensure Illinois properly funds our schools, takes care of our seniors and disabled populations, and provides the best service possible to DuPage County residents,” Cullerton said. “The governor needs to take his fiscal responsibilities seriously or allow someone else to lead.”

As a member of the Illinois Audit Commission, Cullerton says additional investigations will surely follow to identify areas of ineptitude that led the governor’s administration to fail to collect the money.

“Gov. Rauner has made a fortune in business bankruptcy and it seems he’s taking every step to bankrupt Illinois,” Cullerton said. “It’s no secret that one way to fast-track failure is to not collect on what is owed. That’s what he’s done here and it’s an example of fiscal irresponsibility and mismanagement that I’m not sure he can easily blame on somebody else.”

Cullerton refused to vote for a tax increase last year until the government explored every possible cost-saving measure.

“The governor’s administration is actively wasting money,” Cullerton said. "DuPage County residents cannot afford to pay more in taxes especially when there is clear evidence that Gov. Rauner is mismanaging state funds.”

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